Rob Huff unhappy with stewards despite Nurburgring delight
PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 June 2017
Cambridge driver rues decision making
Rob Huff has closed the gap at the top of the FIA World Touring Car Championship after a good weekend at the Nurburgring.
The 37-year-old Cambridge driver secured two third-place finishes to move over 100 points for the season.
In the opening race, Huff, in the ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysee, made a great start to move up to sixth before picking off Tiago Monteiro, Esteban Guerrieri and Tom Chilton in three calculated moves at the end of the Dottinger Hohe straight to take third place on the podium.
Huff made another great start in the second race, challenging leader Nicky Catsburg for first into turn two, but after getting the edge, he was knocked wide and down to fourth.
Huff recovered to third, but was unable to progress further, having to settle for the final spot on the podium.
“The championship has closed right up here. Two podiums is great. Just to survive this weekend we’ve done well,” said Huff.
“The data and help that Citroën have given us was really good. No Citroën has had a puncture this weekend, so a huge thanks to Citroën for the job they’ve done here the last few years and allowing us to come here trouble-free.
“In race two, Nicky (Catsburg) completely messed up turn one. He was too busy looking at Norbi (Michelisz) on the outside and he went really deep.
“I tried to give him room, and because he’d messed the corner up, I expected him to withdraw the front foot of his car from the inside of mine because he’d made a mistake, but he chose not to and that dropped me to fourth.
“I’m upset with Nicky, but I’m angrier with the stewards, because the inconsistency is unforgivable. (Race steward) Tim Schenken is a lifetime race-goer, he runs one of the best championships in the world, and he sees that as racing? Okay, that’s fine – but where was he at the last race weekend when I got a penalty in Budapest when I just caught the back of Nicky just because I was being drilled from behind myself?
“We’re in a world championship, so surely they can afford to bring the same stewards to each race weekend.
“Let’s bring back a driver steward, which is basically what Tim Schenken is. It’s unfortunate that this championship could be decided by the inconsistency of stewarding.”
It leaves Huff fifth in the standings with 102 points, with Catsburg leading the way with 127, and Tiago Monteiro two behind in second.