Rob Huff is hampered by bad luck in opening World Touring Car Championship race
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 April 2017
Four points earned in Morocco
Rob Huff was happy to take four points from a complicated opening weekend of the World Touring Car Championship season in Marrakech.
The Cambridge-based driver missed the first practice session as the ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport Citroen C-Elysee had not been fitted with the latest specification of safety seat belts.
So a frantic search was held on the Friday night, and Sabelt UK came to the rescue, with the company’s managing director making an overnight journey to Morocco to personally deliver them.
In the opening race, a coming together with Honda’s Ryo Michigami on the first lap caused damage to the steering, and so Huff had to head to the pits for repairs.
After the repairs took place outside the 15-minute allocated time window, Huff started in 13th. But he was able to work his way up to ninth before getting stuck behind Chevrolet’s Tom Coronel, and had to settle for four points.
“We scored points, and that’s the important thing,” said Huff. “When I lost the championship in 2011, I lost it by three points. We scored four points this weekend, and they might become very critical.
“We’re now going to Monza and then Budapest, both where we were very good in testing, and then on to the Nürburgring, which is one of my favourite tracks, so I’m still very positive.
“I’m still more excited about this year than I’ve ever been. Even though we’ve had a bad weekend, this is the worst track for the Citroën on the calendar, so if we were going to get our worst weekend out of the way, it’s best to do it here.
“The good thing is no one’s exactly run away with it today either; hopefully we’ve just got our bad luck out of the way early.”
He added: “I also have to thank Sabelt UK and Steve Bennett, as without their help we probably wouldn’t have been on track this weekend.”