Rob Huff is aiming to give LADA SPORT’s title sponsor ROSNEFT the perfect homecoming with WTCC race glory at the Moscow Raceway this weekend.
The Red Lodge-based racer is heading to Russia to compete in rounds nine and 10 of the World Touring Car Championship which will be located in Volokolamsky District around the spectacular circuit which carves its way through picturesque forestland.
The 35-year-old heads into the weekend on the back of a hectic trip to Germany where he doubled up on the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany’s Eifel Mountains, combining his WTCC commitments with an appearance in the 2015 edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
A season’s best seventh-placed finish for the team was achieved in the second race to leave Huff in 13th place in the overall standings, as he aims to build on that success in front the team’s patriotic home fans on the ultra-modern circuit, Russia’s first purpose-built racetrack.
“As a LADA SPORT driver, the WTCC’s annual visit to the Russia and the Moscow Raceway is the highlight of the season,” he said.
“To go to the Moscow Raceway with the home brand and perform in front of the patriotic home fans is always a real honour and it will be a proud moment when we line up on the grid with the new-for-2015 LADA Vesta.
“The weekend will also take on a slightly different flavour with two new teammates in Jaap van Lagen and Nick Catsburg.
“I raced alongside Jaap in the WTCC’s Race of Germany, but that being on the Nürburgring Nordschleife makes it a very unique experience and I am keen to see how I shape up against both my teammates on a conventional racetrack.
“Having said that, I am ultimately focusing on myself and I’m committed to delivering the best possible results for LADA, ROSNEFT and the Russian fans on home soil.”
n Another driver looking to build on the momentum of recent success is Michael Caine ahead of his return to Ginetta GT4 SuperCup action at Oulton Park this weekend.
The Newmarket-based racer has enjoyed a steady campaign to date which saw himclinch his first victory of the season last time out at Thruxton.
That weekend’s results moved Caine up to fifth position in the drivers’ standings but he still remains 78 points adrift of current leader Carl Breeze.