Rob Huff surges into top three of World Touring Car Cup standings
Double podium clinched in the Netherlands
Rob Huff has leapt into contention for the overall World Touring Car Cup championship after a stellar weekend in the Netherlands.
The 38-year-old Cambridge driver set a lap record around the Circuit Zandvoort on the first morning to take pole for the first race of three.
Driving the Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen, he dropped to third after a far from perfect getaway off the line, but kept in touch with winner Yann Ehrlacher and runner-up Aurelien Comte to take third in his 300th World Touring Car race since joining WTCC in 2005.
In the reversed grid race two, Huff qualified in ninth and finished in eighth.
He qualified second for the final race of the day, and finished where he started for a fifth podium of the season.
With 48 points from the weekend, Huff is now third in the standings with 130, just 16 behind leader Ehrlacher and seven adrift of second-placed Yvan Muller.
“It was a fantastic weekend, and I’m really pleased for the team and to be up to third in the championship,” said Huff.
“I’m really happy with a great weekend with lots of points. That’s all I’m aiming for, I’m not too worried about winning races but to be regularly on and just off the podium and keep scoring points a little off the radar is good.
“Now, we’re going to a nice little break, as there’s a five-week gap to the next race, where we’re going to a street circuit when we go to Vila Real.
“I always do well on the street tracks, so I’m looking forward to that and I think that track will suit the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.”