Huff secures historic race victory in china

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Rob Huff is hoping to build on the success of achieving an historic first-ever race win for Lada Sports in China on Sunday.

The Newmarket driver finished first in race 18 of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), which secured the Russian manufacturer their maiden victory since joining the series in 2009.

And Huff is determined to be the man to help grab the headlines for his team at the Goldenport Park Circuit in Beijing at the weekend.

“It is an amazing achievement and something we never thought was possible at the start of the season,” said Huff.

“This year the focus has been on the car for next year and three rounds ago in Spa we were four seconds off the pace.

“But the recent updates have got us P2 in a reverse grid in Argentina, and then P1 in China.”

After finishing the first race of the round in eighth, the former WTCC champion then started in pole position for race 18 and on the verge of reaching a significant milestone in his team’s history.

Huff made a great start to lead ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel by 3.2 seconds, and then nursed his Lada Granta 1.6T to the chequered flag.

“When you win in a car that no-one expects you to, it’s very special,” said Huff.

“And for Lada to beat Honda to win a race first this season is a great achievement for the team.”

The championship continues in China’s Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, before finishing with trips to Japan (October 26) and Macau (November 16).

And Huff is targeting more success at the Guia Circuit, having previously won six races at the Macau track.

“I’ve had massive success in Macau,” said Huff. “I’ll be hoping to do well there again and try and get another win, which is always going to be from the reverse grid.”

n Oliver Jarvis finished seventh in round seven of this year’s Japanese Super-GT Championship in Thailand on Sunday.

The Newmarket driver, alongside Lexus Team SARD team-mate Hiroaki Ishiura, are 13th in the standings ahead of their final race of the season at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi circuit next month on November 16.