Huff endures mixed fortunes as a rock halts race progress

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Newmarket’s Rob Huff endured mixed fortunes in rounds 11 and 12 of the World Touring Car Championships at Slovakia’s Automotodróm at the weekend.

Coming off the back of a memorable weekend in his LADA Sports team’s home race in Russia, where he claimed fourth and second placed finishes, the 35-year-old was aiming to build on that momentum and continue his climb up the rankings.

The first race proved promising for Huff as he battled for a place on the podium with Yvan Muller, championship leader Jose Maria Lopez and Citreon driver Sebastien Loeb at the sun-baked Slovakia Ring infront of a capacity 40,000 fans.

But there was nothing Huff could do as Muller, starting from pole, produced a faultless display in his C-Elysée WTCC to win the opening 11-lap contest from López with Loeb finishing third.

Huff had to settle fourth for LADA with Hugo Valente topping the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy in his Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze, one place ahead of Honda driver Gabriele Tarquini.

However, Huff was denied the opportunity to build on a promising opening race as his second outing was halted midway through the race after a rock punctured a hole in his radiator.

The results leave Huff in ninth place with 55 points in the overall standings, 184 points adrift of overall leader Lopez.

He will be hoping for better fortunes as the second half of the championship gets under way at the famous Circuit Paul Ricard close to Marseille, France for rounds 13 and 14 this weekend.

n Newmarket-based racer Michael Caine will be aiming to continue his impressive form in the Ginetta G4 SuperCup when he heads to the Croft Circuit on Saturday.

He claimed two fifth place finishes at Oulton Park, which saw the JHR Developments driver remain fifth in the championship standings with 233 points.