Rob Huff in the points in Hungary
PUBLISHED: 12:51 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 17 May 2017
Cambridge driver ticks over FIA World Touring Car Championship total
Rob Huff had mixed fortunes in the latest round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Hungary.
The 37-year-old Cambridge-based driver produced his best time in the one-lap qualifying shoot-out, claiming pole position in the ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport Citroen C-Elysee by outpacing Mehdi Bennani.
In the reversed grid opening race, Huff avoided a stalled car at the start to get up to sixth and he worked his way past two more cars to get a spot on the podium, finishing third behind winner Tiago Monteiro and second-placed Tom Chilton.
But in the second race, as Huff was eyeing leaving Hungary second in the drivers’ standings, an accident after the start saw him forced to serve a drive-through penalty.
He had to work his way forward from the back of the order after the first lap incident with two of the Volvos, and he eventually finished in 10th place to earn one point.
“My qualifying lap was a great lap, I was really pleased with it,” said Huff. “I’ve never been a huge one-lap person, I’m more of a racer, but to make a lap like that for the team was great.
“As for the second race, unfortunately, this car is very difficult to get off the line, and I messed up the start which wasn’t ideal.
“I recovered a little bit at turn one, but then just got caught out at turn two when Nicky Catsburg braked a little bit early.
“It was a misjudgement on my side, so I’m ultimately responsible. To be fair, this is quite rare, I don’t remember the last time I caused an accident, but we all make mistakes, we’re only human.
“It’s a shame as it should have been our weekend – but it’s still not a bad weekend. I got five points for pole, and good points for third place in race one, and then managed to get a point in race two. At the end of the year, it might all count.”
Huff is now sixth in the standings, 58 behind championship leader Monteiro with 60 available at each race weekend, so there is still a lot for which to play.
“Tiago’s getting away a bit, but at the same time in 2011 I went to Macau 27 points behind Yvan (Muller) and came out three behind, so all it needs is Tiago to have one bad round like Norbert (Michelisz) had this weekend, and it all turns around,” said Huff.
“We’ve now had one bad weekend and a half, so it only takes one bad round for Tiago for everyone else to be back in it again – it’s a long championship and you can’t have good luck forever.”