Rob Huff seeking Race of Russia win on happy hunting ground at Moscow Raceway
Moscow Raceway is a track that has always been kind to Rob Huff, and the Briton is hopeful of another solid outing on the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s (WTCC) return to Russia this weekend (11-12 June).
In fact, history suggests that the 2012 World Champion has a deft touch at Moscow Raceway, as he has reached the Russian rostrum in both SEAT and LADA cars since the race was added to the WTCC calendar in 2013, often beating the odds and outperforming his machinery.
Moscow Raceway has a technically challenging configuration that is famed for promoting overtaking and this helped Huff push through from a midfield grid slot to second position and a breakthrough podium for the LADA Vesta on home soil, much to the delight of the patriotic trackside audience.
Naturally, Huff is keen to scale the rostrum in Castrol Honda Racing colours during the WTCC’s fourth annual visit to Moscow Raceway, although a victory is the desired result, especially as the 2016 World Drivers’ title remains a very realistic prospect for the Briton after ten races.
“A repeat of last year’s race two podium, where I split my new teammates Tiago Monteiro and Norbert ‘Norby’ Michelisz, would be great, as long as I’m on the top step this time around,” said Huff. “Moscow Raceway has always been a happy hunting ground for me, as I achieved a third place in a SEAT in 2013 and then the LADA Vesta’s best ever result last year after a storming race through the field.
“It’s a challenging and technical track with a low-grip surface, so we can expect the forecasted thunder and lightning – the standard 2016 WTCC weather – to spice it up. Four World Champions qualified in the top four positions in 2015 and that demonstrates how tricky it is to adapt to. Honda also had a very strong car there, but history shows that this circuit doesn’t favour one particular manufacturer. Whatever the case, there are plenty of opportunities to make progress in the races and, knowing what I know about the Honda and the circuit, I think we will have a good result.”