Huff battles his way up into the points despite penalty setback

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Rob Huff managed to score valuable World Touring Car Championship points despite enduring a penalty-strewn weekend in Buriram, Thailand.

The Newmarket-based former World Champion, Huff headed to the state-of-the-art Chang International Circuit full of confidence having added to LADA SPORT’s podiums tally during the WTCC’s Japanese jaunt in September before frequenting the top five in China.

However, Huff was hit with a major blow before racing had begun after being a handed a penalty when his windows were found to be below the minimum thickness allowed by the rules, which sent him to the back of the grid for both races.

Despite this, he managed to clinch a sixth place finish in the first race with some spectacular overtakes in the process, before battling his way to a seventh-place finish in the following race to leave the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT driver content with his efforts over the weekend.

“In race one I was lucky, to be honest, a lot of cars were out of the race very soon,” admitted the Brit to TouringCarTimes.

“I still had a lot of fun overtaking, especially my move on Tiago (Monteiro) was really good, I think. In the second race we didn’t really have the same pace as the others, which was a shame.

“It seems the Hondas improved a lot between the two races with setup, but I am now eighth in the championship and I think that starting last after my penalty and finishing sixth and seventh is a good result.

I’m just happy that we scored points, obviously two sixth places would have been better than what we had, but I am still satisfied with the outcome of the races.”

Huff now turns his attentions to the season finale in Qatar as he aims to finish as high as possible in the championship.

“I’m excited for Qatar, it’s the last race of the championship, so we need to be clever with all three drivers to make sure that we finish as high as possible in the championship,” he added.

“The Lada Sport Rosneft team is starting to work really well, we have good stability and three really good drivers, which is good.

“We need to repair Nicky Catsburg’s car for Qatar, hopefully that will be possible.”