Rob Huff has lucky escape in TCR International Series

PUBLISHED: 12:10 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33 14 June 2017

Rob Huff in action in Austria

Rob Huff in action in Austria

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Cambridge driver suffers accident at Salzburgring

Rob Huff had a lucky escape after a heavy crash in the TCR International Series race at Austria’s Salzburgring.

The 37-year-old was competing in the Leopard Racing Team WRT Volkswagen Golf when he suffered the accident at the infamous ‘Fahrerlagerkurve’ at the track.

A puncture sent his Golf GTI into a wall at 130mph and launched into the air, rolling five times before coming to rest.

The car was completely destroyed, but Huff, who had been working his way up the order after starting last following a grid penalty, walked away with just a bruised arm.

“The safety car had just come out, but before the team had a chance to tell me, the tyre just went and it sent me into the barriers,” said Huff.

“It’s a testament to the strength of these cars that I’m not injured, beyond a bruise from where I hit my arm on the roll cage.

“We knew the front left tyres were going to be an issue here, so we went with a safe set-up so I’m surprised it happened.

“We didn’t push too hard on the warm-up lap or the first few laps, as we didn’t need to; my focus was on race two where I had a good grid position, but unfortunately what we tried didn’t seem to work.”

His team-mate, Jean-Karl Vernay, suffered the same fate just six laps later, causing the race to be red flagged, and there were even more punctures at the same corner in the second race.

The Leopard team are now working hard to find a replacement car ahead of the next race at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest this weekend.

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