Newmarket race ace Rob Huff became an eight-time Macau Grand Prix victor on his TCR International Series debut, becoming the most successful car driver on the Circuito da Guia street track in the process.
Huff, who races full-time for the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, seized the opportunity to extend his remarkable wins tally with one of four WestCoast Racing Honda Civics in the Suncity Group 62nd Macau Grand Prix.
The former World Champion quickly got to grips with his JAS Motorsport-built Honda from the outset of the four-day event and set out his stall early by going fastest overall in both free practice sessions with a convincing margin over all of his opponents.
He then built on that momentum by clinching pole position with an impressive lap time of two minutes and 31.522 seconds.
Sunday began with a qualification race to determine the starting positions for the second Macau Guia Race 2.0T encounter and Huff produced a controlled lights-to-flag victory after a tense opening lap that saw him go three-abreast with eventual TCR Champion Stefano Comini and Jordi Gene into the first pinch point at Lisboa Bend.
The final round of the 2015 TCR International Series followed and pole position was Huff’s once again.
However, an over-zealous Gene made contact with the British ace at the first kink and both clattered the barriers at high speed to set off a spectacular and dramatic multi-car pileup that left the track blocked and the field depleted.
Gene received a post-race fine for causing the incident, but Huff was still delighted to have notched up an record-equalling eighth Macau victory and become the most successful car driver ever at Circuito da Guia.
“What happened in race two was a shame, but I’ve come back to Macau and won again,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to be the most successful car driver in Macau, it’s something I’ll gladly take away with me and I certainly plan on coming back for a ninth.”