Huff wants to show he is the master of Macau

MACAU MASTER: Rob Huff who will bid to enhance his already remarkable record in Macau
MACAU MASTER: Rob Huff who will bid to enhance his already remarkable record in Macau

Rob Huff hopes to show he is the master of Macau again in the final two races of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) on Sunday.

Since 2008, the Red Lodge race ace has taken six wins around the tight street circuit, including a double race victory when with Chevrolet back in 2011.

In the last six years, his only non-race-winning visit to the Asian track came during his WTCC drivers’ championship-winning year in 2012.

“Macau is a track that I love and get on very well with and I have had more wins around there than any other track in the WTCC,” said Huff. “For some reason it just suits me.

“I know where I am quick compared to others.

“I don’t know whether it is my style of racing or my set-up, but I just seem to carry more speed than others through it.”

Boasting an enviable record around the 6.1-kilometre track, Huff — who guided Lada to their first ever WTCC victory back in Beijing — has stressed he will do everything he can to end on a high.

“Ultimately we will be aiming for P10 in qualifying,” he said. “There is a two-kilometre straight down to the first corner and I just hope that the car is strong enough through that first sector.

“That would then hopefully enable me to work my magic on the rest of the track.”

Reflecting back on this year, Huff believes it has been one that has seen the Russian manufacturer punch well above their weight.

“Just to have the cars running reliably for the first three or four rounds was a miracle in itself as we had zero testing going into the season,” said Huff. “We have made massive steps throughout the season.

“Finishing second in Argentina was like a dream coming true, then to go on and win in China was beyond our thoughts and dreams, and when we did achieve that it was a very special moment.

“We have definitely exceeded expectations.”

While action is not yet finished on the track for 2014, the former British Touring Car driver is already looking forward to next season, which will see him take to the wheel of Lada’s new Vesta model.

The car, which will be sponsored by ROSNEFT, has been designed by Brit Steve Mattin, with input from French outfit ORECA.

“The new car looks fantastic and it just looks the part,” said Huff.

“It is sleek, much lower, and more aerodynamic, while the engine is a lot lighter and more powerful.

“I’d like to think that next year we could be battling it out with the likes of Honda and Chevrolet and I genuinely believe that by the end of the year we could be fighting Citroen for an outright pole position.”