Rob Huff mulls over plans for next season after signing off on a high in Qatar

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2017

Rob Huff in action in Qatar. Picture: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Rob Huff in action in Qatar. Picture: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

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Good result in World Touring Car Championship as 2018 comes into view

Rob Huff, centre, on the podium in Qatar. Picture: Francois Flamand / DPPIRob Huff, centre, on the podium in Qatar. Picture: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Rob Huff will weigh up the options for 2018 after completing his World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season with a podium place in the season decider in Qatar.

Carrying extra weight after the win in Macau in the previous round, Cambridge driver Huff qualified in third.

He finished seventh in the opening race, but in the main race was second, and first in the independent’s class. And that result saw Huff take second in the overall independents’ championship.

Huff is now looking to 2018, with the WTCC soon to announce its new format and technical regulations. But he has already confirmed he will race in the new Le Mans Classic for historic cars, and at the Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting.

“On reflection, this has been a season of what could have been,” he said. “We weren’t ultimately in a position to win it, but on paper we should have done a lot better than we have.

“In five rounds, we’ve had problems, either by me, the team, or just bad luck, and somehow we’ve still managed to be here with a chance of winning something with the independents’ title just in reach.

“It’s a shame we don’t get to do it again next year with these cars, because we’ve learned so much with this car throughout the year.

“On the whole, we’ve finished on a high with a win in Macau, and a second here. My ninth victory in Macau was obviously the highlight of the season, and a front-wheel drive lap record that might never be broken; or at least any time soon.”

He added: “I’m already working on programmes for next year. Things are looking good for me to be racing in the world championship again next year with the way it’s going, and I’m also looking at options in the British Touring Car Championship, and will most certainly be involved in the China championship again as well.”

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