Master of street circuits Rob Huff gunning for glory in Marrakesh
“A win and another win” is the objective for the master of street circuits, Rob Huff, in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Morocco in the colourful city of Marrakesh (6-8 May).
Huff returned to the top step of the podium on his first outing in Castrol Honda Racing colours in France and the 2012 World Champion has remained at the sharp end in what has so far been a super-competitive, fascinating and sometimes controversial WTCC season.
However, he lies fifth in the Drivers’ standings after being denied a potential victory in Hungary, therefore his chief objective is to recoup lost points and move back into the top three championship positions during the forthcoming Race of Morocco on the streets of Marrakesh.
A revised track layout encompassing "technical and intriguing” corners, a freshly-laid, low-grip surface and new kerbing, add a level of uncertainty to the weekend.
But Huff, who is rather handy on street tracks, remains enthusiastic and suspects the refreshed Circuit Moulay El Hassan might play to his Castrol Honda Racing Civic Type-R’s strengths, particularly in braking and traction zones.
Upon arriving in Marrakesh to unseasonably wet and stormy conditions, Huff said: “The WTCC Race of Morocco is going to be a very different challenge to previous rounds. For starters, we have rain, thunder, lightning and the whole shebang right now and the forecast for the rest of the weekend is unusually sketchy. We’re also running on an untried and untested track layout. The simulator has been useful, but I will try to get a feel for it on a pushbike before free practice. We won’t be able to push too hard to begin with and it will be important to stay out of the walls, but then it will be about how hard you’re willing to push in qualifying.
“It’s nice to be back on a street circuit and this seems to be a real improvement over the last configuration, as it looks to be a short, tight and twisty lap with more technical and intriguing corners than before. It’s an enthusiastic design for a racetrack and I think it might flatter cars like my Castrol Honda Racing Civic Type-R that have good traction and braking stability. I definitely want a good weekend and that would consist of a win and another win!”