Rob Huff seeks answers to World Touring Car Cup balance of performance issues

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2018

Rob Huff in World Touring Car Cup action in Slovakia.

Rob Huff in World Touring Car Cup action in Slovakia.

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Cambridge driver wants solutions found

Rob Huff in World Touring Car Cup action in Slovakia.Rob Huff in World Touring Car Cup action in Slovakia.

Rob Huff has called for the championship organisers of the FIA World Touring Car Cup to look into the series’ equalisation methods.

It was not a good weekend for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRS in Slovakia, as they were all off the pace on the 5.9km circuit.

They were at the back of the time sheets during free practice, and Huff ended up finishing 19th in race one, retiring while 25th in race two and 14th in race three, when 10 cars failed to finish.

Huff believes that there is no other reason apart from the championship’s Balance of Performance (BoP) measures that are causing problems.

“It’s been a terrible weekend, and not for the right reasons,” said Huff, who drives for Sebastien Loeb Racing.

“The guys have done a fantastic job getting the new cars ready for this weekend after the trouble we had in Portugal, and it’s a shame to be repaying their efforts with a zero score weekend from both myself and my team-mate Mehdi (Bennani).

“Unfortunately, it’s fairly clear where the problem is, and there’s something the championship needs to sort out.

“In qualifying two, we found more pace but were still 1.8 seconds from the Hyundais.

“We know because of the pace we had at Vila Real in Portugal we’re a little heavier this weekend, but we’re only 10kg heavier than them.

“They have a power reduction and are 20mm higher than us, so with that they should be the same as us, not nearly two seconds faster.

“We had no performance this weekend, and no chance to fight.

“We had a local driver in a Golf at the race this weekend, and we were also 1.7 seconds faster than him, and he’s been around this track 40 times and holds the lap record in a Ferrari around here.

“It’s been a frustrating weekend for all of us, and with BoP the talking point of the weekend, with Hyundais and Hondas being excluded left, right and centre, clearly something needs to be done, and I hope they use the two months’ break until the next round to find a solution, as this isn’t what we’re here for.”

Huff is currently ninth in the WTCC standings with 130 points.

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