Rob Huff delivered Lada their first ever win in the World Touring Car Championship in race two in Beijing.
The Cambridge ace started the race from pole position having been tenth quickest in the second part of qualifying, and kept the lead off the start ahead of Tom Coronel.
Huff extended his advantage over the Dutchman to four seconds at one stage, but would have to go on the defensive late on as Coronel chased a second win for the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet squad following his team-mate Tom Chilton‘s earlier success.
Huff held on to take the win by 0.765 seconds.
“I am on top of the world and so thrilled to give LADA Sport its first ever race win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship,” said the 2012 world champion.
“This is a result of all the hard work and determination that has gone in to the project and it shows that, when you keep pushing anything can be achieved. Who would have thought this was doable before Argentina!
“The team has worked tirelessly and we have taken a significant step in the right direction in recent weeks and months, as the car has genuinely felt fantastic and, now we have the taste for victory, there’s no telling what’s possible!”
Sebastien Loeb made a return to the podium as the best of the Citroen drivers in third place, just beating championship leader and team-mate Jose Maria Lopez to the line after the Argentinian had risen from seventh on the grid.
Norbert Michelisz finished fifth ahead of the second Lada of James Thompson. Gianni Morbidelli took seventh, keeping Chilton, Yvan Muller and a recovering Gabriele Tarquini behind.