Huff Claims First Win Of WTCC Season In Second Slovakia Race

Rob Huff - Photo Credit: WTCC Media
Huff's first win of the season came in race eight of the campaign - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

Rob Huff ignited his World Touring Car Championship title challenge with a first win of the season in Race 2 at the Slovakiaring.

Stefano D'Aste started the race from the reverse grid pole, with the factory Chevrolet trio of Huff, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu behind. D'Aste soon ran wide, allowing Huff through, with the independent BMW racer then getting a nudge from behind that allowed Muller and Menu through before slipping well down the order.

Chevrolet's 1-2-3 was stopped when Gabriele Tarquini worked his way past Menu, who then suffered a puncture that forced him into retirement.

Huff had to resist pressure from Muller during the middle of the race, but was released when Muller himself came under attack from Tarquini. Contact was made between the veteran pairing on the last lap that pitched Muller out of control, but he retained the place and crossed the line in second, two seconds behind Huff and just ahead of Tarquini.

Tom Coronel rescued a poor weekend by finishing fourth, just in front of Pepe Oriola, who had suffered a slow getaway at the start, and Norbert Michelisz. Mehdi Bennani took seventh ahead of Alberto Cerqui, with Darryl O'Young in ninth and Tom Chilton rescuing a point from a rather disastrous weekend for Team Aon.