Rob Huff makes podium return in FIA World Touring Car Championship in Monza
Cambridge driver puts Morocco behind him
Rob Huff earned two podium finishes in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Italy.
The 37-year-old Cambridge driver had a frustrating start to the season in Morocco, but he put that behind him at the Autodromo di Monza.
After qualifying the ALL-INKL Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée in third, in the reversed grid opening race, Huff carved his way forward from eighth in an action-packed race.
Some decisive overtaking manoeuvres during the first lap saw him running in fifth by the end of the first lap, which soon became third after the race leading pair of Mehdi Bennani and Norbert Michelisz collided.
And he went on to take second place, behind winner Tom Chilton.
In a quieter second race, Huff finished third, just a fraction of a second behind second-placed Tiago Monteiro, as Thed Bjork took the victory.
“This is the start of our championship,” said Huff. “It was frustrating to lose one round so early with the problems we had at Marrakech, but this is where we should be and what we were planning for.
“I’m really happy to have had a successful weekend here at Monza.
“We’re going to keep doing our best, but we’re one round down already with the issues we had in Morocco.
“Tiago has had two very good weekends, but we’ll keep plugging away and keep scoring points, and with a few more weekends like this we’ll be back in the game again.”
Huff also dominated the WTCC Trophy for non-manufacturer entered drivers at Monza, taking the points for pole, both fastest laps and a class win in race two to move into the lead of the standings by one point from Chilton.
He is equal fifth in the overall standings with 44 points.
The next round of the WTCC takes place at the Hungaroring in two weeks.