Huff Ends Season With A Win In Twice-Stopped Finale

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Rob Huff - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Rob Huff - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Rob Huff claimed his sixth Macau World Touring Car Championship win in a chaotic final race of the 2013 season that was twice red-flagged due to pile-ups.

The first mass collision came shortly after the start, when Norbert Michelisz hit the barrier on the outside of turn one after making contact with Tom Chilton. The Hungarian caused bunching behind as he rebounded back into the path of others, triggering a pile-up that blocked the track.

Polesitter Tom Coronel led at the restart ahead of James Thompson and Chilton. Behind, Yvan Muller hit the tyre barrier at San Francisco after contact with Tiago Monteiro, but was able to continue. Monteiro later retired with damage.

On lap five, Chilton slowed to a crawl and was hit by local driver Eurico de Jesus, whose Honda Accord came to rest blocking much of the track. On the following lap, a number of cars failed to slow sufficiently for the incident, with Charles Ng, Henry Ho, Filipe de Souza and Jo Merszei ploughing into cars in front of them at high speed and prompting another red flag.

At the second restart, Rob Huff and James Nash moved past Thompson for second and third respectively. Pepe Oriola also tried a move on the Lada driver but put him in the wall, just as he had done to Chilton in race one.

Huff went on to pass Coronel and claim victory, with Oriola following him into second and this time escaping with just a reprimand for the contact with Thompson.

Coronel finished third ahead of Nash and Alex MacDowall, with Muller in sixth ahead of Marc Basseng. Gabriele Tarquini was eighth with the top ten completed by Ho and Celio Alves Dias as only 15 of the 33 entries made the finish.

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