Huff ends season on a high with thrilling final race win in Macau

WINNING CAR: Huff, pictured at the wheel earlier in the season, earned LADA Sports their second-ever race win, after reaching the chequered flag first in the final round of the World Touring Car Championship season on Sunday
WINNING CAR: Huff, pictured at the wheel earlier in the season, earned LADA Sports their second-ever race win, after reaching the chequered flag first in the final round of the World Touring Car Championship season on Sunday
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Rob Huff ended his World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) campaign on a high, winning the season finale race in Macau on Sunday.

The Newmarket-based driver was victorious in round 24 in Macau at the weekend, his record seventh success on the Guia circuit in China.

After claiming LADA’s first race win last month, Huff’s impressive showing in qualifying put himself in a strong position for another podium in the final two rounds of the WTCC season.

The Red Lodge racer drove his Lada Granta 1.6T car to the limits around the tight and twisty street circuit to qualify and eighth and third on Saturday.

The 2012 world champion held his position of eighth at the start of the first race as the field streaked away, but remained a threat to ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel during the opening stages.

However, Huff dropped behind Ma Qing Hua, with a lack of straight-line speed in the first sector leaving him vulnerable to an overtake from the Citroën Total driver.

Despite then being embroiled in a close tussle with Proteam Racing’s Mehdi Bennani, Huff held onto ninth place to add two points to his season total.

Huff began the second race behind the slow-starting Chevrolet duo of Tom Chilton and Hugo Valente, but emerged from the early exchanges in second place behind the Honda Civic of Tiago Monteiro.

The LADA Sport driver made the most of his fresh tyres to move in front and, despite a late safety-car intervention, continued to defend valiantly during a tense two-lap sprint to the flag.

Huff finished in style to set a new lap record and secure a second-ever WTCC race win on his debut season for LADA Sport.

Following the race, a delighted Huff summed up an historic seventh victory on the 3.57-mile street circuit of Macau.

“To tell the truth, I came to Macau with a great desire to win and it’s fantastic to achieve my seventh victory in Macau with LADA Sport,” 
said Huff. “I am so proud of 
the entire team, including 
all the engineers and mechanics.

“It has been such a tough season for us and there’s no better reward than to stand atop the podium at the final race.

“My LADA Granta Sport was just flying.

“I set the fastest lap 
here in Macau and achieved the team’s second win and 
its third podium of the 
year.”

Huff concluded that he hopes to continue his success in what will be his 11th WTCC season next year: “We achieved brilliant results in 2014 and, believe me, there will be even more wins next season!”