Victorious weekend for Rob Huff at the Silverstone Classic
Huff a winner in a Cortina at a sizzling Silverstone
Rob Huff had a successful weekend at the Silverstone Classic, scoring two pole positions in two categories, and dominating the Gallet Trophy for Under 2-litre Touring Cars with co-driver Andy Wolfe to win by 17 seconds in the #13 Ford Lotus Cortina.
Exercising his passion for historic racing as his FIA World Touring Car Cup programme is now on a two month break, Huff made the most of the British weather, both Saturday's rain and Sunday's sunshine to put on a fantastic display in some classic touring cars.
In a rain-hit Saturday qualifying session for the Transatlantic Trophy for Pre '66 Touring Cars, Huff scored pole position in the Ford Falcon.
The race on Sunday evening was in much more pleasant conditions, and the car, which hasn't been driven competitively in two years, along with co-driver Trevor Buckley struggled in the early stages and fell to sixth.
Huff took over for the last 25 minutes of the 45-minute race and finished fourth, 26 seconds adrift of the race leader.
The Cambridge-based driver had more success in the nimble Cortina in the earlier race of the day however, catapulting away from pole position in the under two-litre touring car race into the lead, handing the car to co-driver Andy Wolfe who extended the lead further, with the Cortina winning the race by a clear margin.
Rob Huff said:
"It's been a mega weekend. The Wolfe guys have done an amazing job with the Lotus Cortina. It's so much fun to drive. Touring cars are touring cars, whether it's an old Cortina, or my new Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf.
"These things definitely behave a bit differently, it's great fun to power through the corners on the throttle.
"The Ford Falcon is a beautiful car and we did a great job in the rain to put it on pole. The car, and Trevor in fact, haven't raced in two years, and the set-up needed a little more work so ultimately we didn't have the pace to win that one, but in this kind of racing it's having fun that counts the most, and we've had a really fun weekend."
Galley Trophy for under two-litre touring cars (U2TC) qualifying
1 - Rob Huff/Andy Wolfe - Ford Lotus Cortina - 2:30.618
2 - Andrew Banks/Maxim Banks - Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint - +0.458
3 - Steve Soper - Ford Lotus Cortina - +1.726
4 - Mark Sumpter - Ford Lotus Cortina - +1.975
5 - Richard Dutton/Neil Brown - Ford Lotus Cortina - +2.737
Galley Trophy for under two-litre touring cars (U2TC) race result
1 - Rob Huff/Andy Wolfe - Ford Lotus Cortina - 20 laps
2 - Andrew Banks/Maxim Banks - Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint - +16.701
3 - Richard Dutton/Neil Brown - Ford Lotus Cortina - +55.788
4 - Ambrogio Perfetti/Oscar Rovelli - Ford Lotus Cortina - +59.234
5 - Rob Myers/Benji Hetherington - Ford Lotus Cortina - +59.434
Transatlantic Trophy for pre '66 touring cars - qualifying
1 - Rob Huff/Trevor Buckley - Ford Falcon - 2:51.095
2 - Mike Gardiner/Andy Wolfe - Ford Falcon Sprint - +0.375
3 - Ambrogio Perfetti/Oscar Rovelli - Ford Lotus Cortina - +1.888
4 - Chris Middlehurst - Morris Mini Cooper S - +3.054
5 - Steve Soper - Ford Lotus Cortina - +3.147
Transatlantic Trophy for pre '66 touring cars - race
1 - Mike Gardiner/Andy Wolfe - Ford Falcon Sprint - 17 laps
2 - Craig Davies - Ford Mustang - +7.934
3 - James Thorpe/Sean McInerney - +8.941
4 - Rob Huff/Trevor Buckley - Ford Falcon - +25.396
5 - Peter Klutt - Ford Mustang - +30.932