Rob Huff signs off season on a high in World Touring Car Cup
Rob Huff signed off a difficult season in the World Touring Car Cup on a high with victory in the final race of the campaign.
It has been tough going for the Zengo Motorsport team, but they had a weekend to remember at the Sochi Autodrom circuit in Russia.
Cambridge-based Huff started the first race fourth on the grid in the CUPRA.
He was soon up to third, and chasing down leaders Jean-Karl Vernay and Frederic Vervisch, but in attempting to go past Vervisch, the Audi driver turned in aggressively which snapped the front left suspension of the CUPRA, forcing Huff into the pits.
However, team-mate Mikel Azcona was able to power through for victory.
“The first race was a really tough one to swallow,” said Huff.
“We had the fastest car, we set the fastest lap of the race. We were catching the top two and got alongside Vervisch, he was off the track and then he drove back on and broke the car. It's very frustrating, as we deserved that win for sure."
Having had the suspension repaired, Huff started the second race in sixth and, after a fast start, was soon up to fourth.
After a spell behind the safety car following a crash, Azcona was wiped out by Yvan Muller, two of those ahead of Huff, and it left Nestor Girolami in the lead.
Having made a move to nudge ahead, Huff evaded damage as the cars ran into each other and was able to pull clear to win by 4.5 seconds.
"To win race two, that was something we deserved for sure after the season we've had," said Huff, who finished the season 18th in the standings.
"We've had a horrific season. No other way to put it. We had seven DNFs, and missed two opportunities where we should have won races.
"I had a fantastic start, jumped past two cars, and was nearly battling for the lead at turn one.
"I found myself in P2 at the second restart, I made a really good move on Nestor and we had a really good fight for a few corners. I then managed to get my head down and get away.
"Then that lap, I had a low pressure alarm, and we had some misfires, so I had to do six laps in the lead with the dashboard and gear change not really working, so I was just so pleased the car finished the race, as with my luck this year, I really thought the car was just going to die."
He added: "You're always judged by your last race and what a way to go out at the end of this season. To win, and from sixth place, I'm just so happy."