Rob Huff and Zengo Motorsport suffer frustration in World Touring Car Cup at the Nürburgring
Rob Huff described a “character building” experience after a disappointing World Touring Car Cup return at the Nürburgring.
The Cambridge-based driver was back in the competition in a CUPRA Leon Competición with Zengo Motorsport, but things did not go to plan in Germany.
A bodywork issue caused the car’s splinter to come loose in qualifying, restricting Huff to 18th place on the grid after just one flying lap round the 25km circuit.
In the first race, he was up to 13th before being forced to pit for repairs after two competitors had forced their way through causing heavy contact.
The car was repaired ready for race two, but Huff was tagged at the exit of turn one, spinning him into another accident which was already taking place on the inside between his team-mate Mikel Azcona and another Hyundai.
With heavy bodywork damage, Huff continued around before pulling into the pits at the end of lap one to retire again, therefore leaving the Nürburgring with a zero points score.
It was a tough weekend all round for the team, with established team-mates Mikel Azcona and Jordi Gené also failing to score.
“It was a very tough one,” said Huff. “In the first race, I got shoved by a Honda, which caused damage to the car. The inner lining of the wheel arch was cutting into the tyre – so I had to pit for that.
“And then in race two, no one wanted to give any space into turn one, and unfortunately it ended in a lot of cars taking damage and not finishing the race.
“It’s a shame, as when you’re that far at the back, you’ve got all the time in the world.
“Unfortunately, some people who were new to the championship and a little too impatient caused a lot of damage at the back of the grid for no real reason.
“It’s been a tough weekend for the team, certainly character building. We’re already looking on to the next one at Estoril.”
The next round is in Portugal on June 26 and 27.