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Rob Huff and Golf GTI TCR impresses in Macau

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Pole position and podium at the highlight of the season

An impressive and gutsy race weekend, rewarded with a place on the podium: Rob Huff (GB), whose nine victories have earned him the unofficial title “King of Macau”, once again showed what he is capable of at “his circuit” in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).

Starting from pole position, the 2012 world touring car champion battled his way to second place in the Golf GTI TCR in race three – not before he had first put eventual winner Andy Priaulx (GB, Lynk & Co) under great pressure throughout the entire race. Huff made quite an impression in the opening race of the weekend: “Huffy” fought back from seventh on the grid to finish a creditable fourth, narrowly missing out on another podium. In the second qualifying session, Huff set a new TCR lap record on the street circuit, with a time of 2:27.963 minutes.

“We lost out at the start, after which we had no chance of getting past,” said Huff after race three. “I was constantly trying to get Andy Priaulx in the Mandarin bend, but there was no opportunity to make the manoeuvre. At the same time, I was also having to keep an eye on what was happening behind me, as Jean-Karl Vernay was trying to pass me. However, I was also aware that my team-mate Johan Kristoffersson would in turn be putting pressure on ‘JK’. On the whole, it was an extremely entertaining race.”

Johan Kristoffersson (S) enjoyed a strong debut in Macau. The two-time world Rallycross champion surprised many in qualifying fifth for races two and three on his very first appearance on the spectacular street circuit. He went on to finish fifth in race two and fourth in the third race of the weekend. Kristoffersson had previously narrowly missed out on the points in race one, finishing eleventh. Fellow Macau rookie Benjamin Leuchter (D) also impressed on his debut: he ended qualifying for race one in ninth place, making him the best of the newcomers in the 32-strong field. However, fortune deserted him for the rest of the weekend.

The final round of the WTCR season will take place in Sepang (Malaysia) from 13 to 15 December.

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