Huff clinches second spot in LADA’s home race in Russia

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Rob Huff enjoyed his best weekend of the WTCC season so far, claiming fourth and second place finishes in LADA Sport’s home races in Russia on Sunday.

The Red Lodge-based driver made the perfect start by finishing first in free practice, before following that up with fourth spot in qualifying.

The 2012 World Touring Car champion held onto that position in the first race of the weekend to pick up 12 points in the championship standings.

Huff began the second race in seventh, and was quick out of the blocks to overtake Tom Chilton and Hugo Valente.

Within the next lap the LADA Sport driver had overtaken China’s Ma Qing Hua to climb into fourth, before passing team-mate Nicky Catsburg a few laps later.

Huff caught up Norbert Michelisz, and with three laps to go overtook him to go into second and secure his best finish of the season.

The two high finishes saw Huff move up four places in the standings, from 13th to ninth, to now trail the highest-placed Brit, Chilton, by 14 points.

Reflecting on a memorable weekend in Moscow, the 35-year-old said: “I honestly think that there would not have been any difference in the celebrations had we won (the second race).

“For LADA Sport at home this weekend, it was a huge victory having achieved its best ever race points haul and have three competitive cars.

“What’s more, it was on merit. There were no retirements ahead of crashes, just pace and reliability.”

Huff now prepares for races 11 and 12 of the season at Slovakia’s Automotodróm Slovakia Ring a week on Sunday.

n Newmarket-based racer Michael Caine continued his impressive Ginetta G4 SuperCup season with two fifth place finishes at Oulton Park at the weekend.

The JHR Developments driver finished fifth in both races at the Cheshire circuit, and remains fifth in the championship standings with 233 points.