Rob Huff looking to quench thirst for victory Champagne in WTCC Race of Slovakia
Success in the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) gives Rob Huff high hopes for the forthcoming Race of Slovakia (15-17 April).
Huff swapped the yellow of LADA for the white, red and green of the works Castrol Honda Racing team in 2016 and that his first ever race in a Honda Civic Type-R yielded a win reaffirmed his World Champion status, having spent three seasons in the wilderness.
The British racer goes to the Slovakia Ring, 40km east of Bratislava, with the intention of returning to the top step of the podium, aware that race wins may be harder to achieve after an impending Balance of Performance (BoP) shift.
“I’m very excited to be going to Slovakia for Round 2 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), especially after opening my race wins account with Castrol Honda Racing last time out in France,” said Huff. “The Slovakia Ring was the scene of Honda’s first ever one-two-three finish in the WTCC and confidence is high within the team that we can continue our race-winning form into this weekend.
“The circuit is one I enjoy and I’ve had good results in every car I’ve driven there. I plan to add to that tally in the Honda and I expect the Civic Type-R to perform well, as the long duration corners and bumpy braking zones should emphasise the stability of the car’s chassis and its strength under traction. We need to exploit the fact that Citroen will be carrying 80kgs of ballast once again, but the competition is going to be tough. To remain in the top three of the Drivers' standings is the goal.”
Testing prior to the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Slovakia is scheduled for 12.30 CET on Friday (15 April), while two free practice sessions at 8.45 and 11.30 precede the three-part qualifying session and MAC3 at 14.00 and 15.00 respectively the following day (Saturday 16 April).
The WTCC drivers return to the racetrack at for the Opening Race at 12.10 and the Main Race at 14.15 on Sunday (17 April) and both will be broadcast live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.