Rob Huff masters Nurburgring to earn World Touring Car Cup podium place
Third spot earned in opening race
Rob Huff was delighted with a spot on the podium in the World Touring Car Cup round at the Nürburgring.
The 38-year-old Cambridge-based driver was competing in the Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen, with three races on the card at the German track.
In the first event, Huff had a relentless battle with Thed Bjork, Norbert Michelisz and Yvan Muller.
He fought for lap after lap to hold off Michelisz, while keeping in touch with Muller and Bjork and at the end of the gruelling 75km event, he finished less than a second behind runner-up Muller, but half a second clear of Michelisz in third.
“I had to use my years of experience of positioning the car to make sure Norbi couldn’t pass and also give me a chance on the last straight,” said Huff.
“It’s all about trust. I’ve been racing with Yvan here for 10 years, I’ve had some great races with Thed and he’s the world champion, and Norbi is the only non-world champion who really deserves to be one and it was really fantastic racing.
“We got baulked a little bit in qualifying; I think we could have been P3 on the grid, so to get what I felt we deserved back is really good.”
For the second race, Huff qualified on the reversed grid in seventh place. He was up to third quickly, but a knock from DTM champion Rene Rast put him in a spin and with heavy damage to the car, the mechanics were tasked with preparing for race three.
Another good start saw Huff up to fourth, but the car began to lose power and it got worse when he was punted into a wall and out of the race by Michelisz.
“The guys did an amazing job to fix the car for me, and then at the beginning of lap three in the final race I just lost power,” said Huff.
“After that, I had a Hyundai harpoon me in the passenger side. I left (Michelisz) room, so I don’t really know what to say. The last person I want to hinder is him, but all he had to do was accelerate up the hill away from me.
“I’m sorry for the boys as the car’s a mess, and they’ve got just a week to get it ready for the next race at Zandvoort.”