Rob Huff proves to be the master of Macau
PUBLISHED: 10:31 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 22 November 2017
Cambridge driver claims record eighth win at the circuit
Rob Huff described being “over the moon” after an eventful FIA World Touring Car Championship race at the Macau Grand Prix.
The ALL-INKL Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée is an expert on the circuit, and needed all of that skill again.
It started perfectly for Huff as in the one-lap qualifying he produced the first and only sub-2min 24sec lap for a front-wheel drive at the Chinese venue, clocking 2.23.995.
In the reverse grid first race, Huff started ninth and was soon up to seventh after a new race lap record of 2.26.469, but then he hit trouble.
With two laps to go, fifth-placed Norbert Michelisz crashed his Honda right in front of Huff at the Police bend, and the following three cars unable to avoid the Hungarian and piled into him.
All cars suffered significant damage and it was not clear whether they would be repairable for the next day’s Main Race.
The privateer German team worked all night to repair the car, then overnight rain meant a wet race for one of the most challenging events in the sport.
Huff made the most of his pole position though, winning by eight seconds for his ninth win at Macau.
“What a weekend! I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Huff. “The guys did an amazing job all weekend, the car just got faster and faster and I’ve only ever seen top level works teams repair the car the way they have.
“These guys just pulled it out of the bag for me, and it’s a great feeling to reward them with a win.
“To get nine wins at one circuit is pretty amazing, to get nine wins at Macau of all places is very special, and I owe it all to the team.
“It’s been an amazing weekend, and a typical Macau rollercoaster, up on Friday and then on Saturday we didn’t even if we know we’d make the race on Sunday, and then to win is just a monumental result, so a huge thanks and praise to everyone involved, to René (Münnich) and the boys in the team.”