Rob Huff bags top-three finish on opening weekend of FIA World Touring Car Cup
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 April 2018
Cambridge driver picks up points on streets of Morocco
Rob Huff made a podium start to life in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in the new FIA World Touring Car Cup in Morocco.
The 38-year-old has joined Sebastien Loeb Racing Golf for this season, and found the Marrakech street circuit to his liking in the opening race of three.
After qualifying in fourth place, he got past Jean-Karl Vernay to move up to third and followed the Hyundais of Gabriele Tarquini and Thed Bjork waiting to pounce, but the moment did not arrive on the tight circuit.
In the second race, Huff qualified in sixth but a tyre blow out on lap 15 brought a premature end to his race with five laps remaining.
Huff finished seventh in the third and final race of the weekend, with overtaking again proving nigh on impossible, however, he was pleased with the overall performance.
“It’s been a great start to the championship,” said Huff.
“It was a very good first qualifying session and first race. I was a little unlucky with a puncture, which we believe was due to debris, as it was a slow puncture and then exploded six laps later.
“There was a bit of a kerfuffle at the start of race three. I had a good switchback as everyone went deep into turn one, but then I was side-by-side with my new team-mate into turn two, and at this point of the season there’s no point taking any risks and the last thing we’d want is two cars in the wall.
“After that, there wasn’t much to do except follow everyone around. I was following very closely behind in both races, which is something we can do in these TCR cars. I was waiting for an opportunity to make a move, but sadly it never arose.
“It was a strong performance for us and the team at a circuit where we thought we’d struggle. Our pace was good, and now we’re third in the teams’ championship.”
He added: “It was good to get a podium on Saturday, and also good for my team-mate Mehdi (Bennani) to get a podium at his home race on Sunday.
“It was also a great event for the spectators and a fantastic first weekend for the championship.”