WTCC Champion Huffy California Dreamin' of victory at Sonoma
Reigning Champion Rob Huff is obstinately targeting race wins and podium finishes in Rounds 17 and 18 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) on the stunning Sonoma Raceway in the USA (7-8 September).
Located in Northern California’s wine country, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento, the beautiful Sonoma circuit – formerly known as Sears Point – was completely renovated in 1998 and hosts the WTCC for only the second time.
The Newmarket domiciled Huff – an official ambassador for Newmarket Racecourses – frantically diced with former team-mates Yvan Muller and Alain Menu to achieve a race victory and a hard-fought second place on the WTCC’s inaugural visit to the 4.03km tight, twisting and undulating Sonoma Raceway in 2012.
Most recently, storming drives through the field came to nothing for Huff on the WTCC’s maiden visit to Argentina’s Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo (3-4 August).
The ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport driver targeted race wins and podium finishes on Argentine soil, but was struck by mechanical maladies and contact to notch up a best eighth place result and a DNF.
Now fifth in the overall Drivers’ standings, a rejuvenated Huff acknowledges that race wins and podium finishes are a necessity if he is to have a realistic chance of challenging for second place in the championship come the end of the year.
“The events of Argentina were very unfortunate and placed me on the back foot in terms of the championship,” said Huff. “I can’t lower my ambitions. I'm wanting race wins or podium finishes at Sonoma, with the ultimate target being second in the final standings.
“I feel very comfortable in my ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon and I think we have the equipment and the determination to take it to those pesky Chevys. I absolutely adore Sonoma. It’s a superb circuit that you can really attack, although it’s easy to overstretch yourself and make a mistake.”
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