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Rob Huff gets on the podium for Zengo Motorsport in the third round of the 2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup, on the Hungaroring from June 10 to 12 in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Clement Luck / DPPI (57285824)
Rob Huff gets on the podium for Zengo Motorsport in the third round of the 2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup, on the Hungaroring from June 10 to 12 in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Clement Luck / DPPI (57285824)

Rob Huff made sure there was plenty to celebrate for the Zengo Motorsport team in the WTCR Race of Hungary at the Hungaroring.

The Cambridge driver was competing in the CUPRA Leon Competición in the FIA World Touring Car Cup in the team's home country.

After finishing sixth in the first of the two races, things got even better in the partially reversed-grid second race.

Cyan Performance Lynk & Co's Santiago Urrutia started from pole position, with Huff in second place, and managed to hold off the Brit at the start and then survived a safety car restart.

Huff piled the pressure on the Uruguayan all the way to the chequered flag but had to settle for second, just 0.380sec behind.

“I had no rest time in the race," said Urrutia. "Rob was pushing and I could not make a single mistake. I think I won the race on the restart. If I made a gap he could never get it back. But he was still there pushing. What a race. Thanks to Rob for the clean race.”

Huff admitted that the safety car was a crucial factor.

Rob Huff gets on the podium for Zengo Motorsport in the third round of the 2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup, on the Hungaroring from June 10 to 12 in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Clement Luck / DPPI (57285824)
Rob Huff gets on the podium for Zengo Motorsport in the third round of the 2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup, on the Hungaroring from June 10 to 12 in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Clement Luck / DPPI (57285824)

"I probably can’t say exactly what I was thinking, but yes, it was quite frustrating because it was at that point I was just starting to really get close to Santi," he said.

"A bit frustrating because I knew we had to try and make a gap again. Santi restarted in a place I have never seen anyone restart before, he definitely caught me out a little bit. But then it took about two laps for my car to get back on song again. I threw everything I had at that, we definitely had a slightly quicker car.

"After last year’s disaster I wanted to make sure we got something solid this year and a podium here at the team’s home race is absolutely mega. We’ve raised the bar every single time. I thoroughly enjoyed the race."

Huff was equally as delighted to get second place on the podium on home soil for Zengo Motorsport.

"Yes, I’m so happy for the team," he said.

"Last year we came here, we got pole position and I made a hash of it in the race [before] which meant we didn’t get to start on pole position which was a real shame. Of course this year I wanted to put that right and with a sixth and a second, two WTCR Trophy wins, three bottles of champagne, three trophies I think we can say we did it.

"And it leaves room for improvement in the future, so we can come back next year and try to make it one step better."

Rob Huff gets on the podium for Zengo Motorsport in the third round of the 2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup, on the Hungaroring from June 10 to 12 in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Clement Luck / DPPI (57285824)
Rob Huff gets on the podium for Zengo Motorsport in the third round of the 2022 FIA World Touring Car Cup, on the Hungaroring from June 10 to 12 in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Clement Luck / DPPI (57285824)

Next stop is the WTCR Race of Spain in Aragon.

Huff added: "Every time we are coming out we are getting stronger and stronger. That’s quite normal with the preparation we had for this season. But the team is working better than it’s ever worked.

The bond in the team, the inspiration, the positivity to keep pushing, keep trying, keep succeeding is getting bigger and bigger and I’m thoroughly proud of the Zengő Motorsport team."



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