Rob Huff has encouraging signs after World Touring Car Cup top-five finish in Slovakia
Rob Huff secured a top-five finish in the World Touring Car Cup event in Slovakia.
The 39-year-old Cambridge-based driver and his Sebastian Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport team have not had the best of starts to the campaign, and they were apprehensive having struggled at the Slovakiaring circuit last season.
A change of technical configuration for the cars had meant they had to carry the maximum penalty weight of 60kg again, while many of their rivals were able to drop weight.
In light rain in race one, Huff managed to make up 11 spots to finish 13th in an aggressively-charged race to earn some points.
He started from pole in the reverse grid second race, but in the dry, the Honda of championship leader Nestor Girolami had more pace and Huff eventually crossed the line in fifth, the best result for the team so far this year.
In the third race, Huff was able to control his car and avoid the gravel trap after being rammed, and he carried on to finish 13th for some more championship points.
“It’s been a great weekend at what we thought would be our bogey circuit,” said Huff. “First, hats off to the guys.
“We had a tough first qualifying and turned it around to get top 10 pace for the second session, and that gave us more than what we could have hoped for with the reversed grid pole.
“I’m very pleased with fifth, it’s our best result yet. Again, not the results we’re targeting, but things are turning around and when we get to Volkswagen’s home race at the Nurburgring we should be able to take some of the lead out of the car and finally be on the same level as the rest.”
He added: “Zandvoort is next up in just a week, and that track was good to us last year so I can’t wait until next week to see what we can do.”