Rob Huff makes memorable comeback in British Touring Car Championship
Cambridge driver takes podium spot at Silverstone
Rob Huff had an almost perfect return to the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone last weekend. The Cambridge-based driver was back in the competition for the first time in 13 years, deputising in the Power Maxed Racing team for friend Tom Chilton.
The young BTCC squad have built their own car with factory support from Vauxhall, and Huff qualified 28th for race one, carrying an extra penalty of 45kg of ballast as a substitute driver.
He finished in 16th and was well-placed for race two, which saw him finish in eighth spot.
And when the random draw called for the top nine to be reversed, Huff was on the front row for the final race of the day.
He was building a comfortable lead when the safety car was deployed following a crash involving Jason Plato, and that meant his advantage was wiped out.
And he ended up being overtaken by triple BTCC champion Matt Neal with four laps to go, but Huff’s second-place finish was the best result of the season for Power Maxed Racing.
“I had no real expectations this weekend after qualifying 28th. I just stayed out of trouble in the first two races and got the car up the sharp end of the grid.
“Power Maxed Racing gave me a great car this weekend, and in every session we went forward and further forward.
“It’s nice to be able to give the team a podium, take the team in a new direction with the car that they can go forward with and utilise.
“The reception from the fans has also been brilliant. The fans are what make the championship – you can have any championship in the world with any cars you like, and the racing can be as close as you like, but if you haven’t got the fans, you haven’t got a championship.
“I’ve been away for 14 years, and they’ve remembered me, followed me and welcomed me back like I’ve never been welcomed before, and to have that kind of response is very humbling.”