Huff’s focus turns to Macau after tough WTCC Race of Japan

Huff’s focus turns to Macau after tough WTCC Race of Japan

31/10/2017 at 06:00Updated 31/10/2017 at 06:01

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Rob Huff plans to get over a frustrating WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan weekend by looking ahead to the next FIA World Touring Car Championship event in Macau next month, where he’s an eight-time touring car winner.

Huff, the 2012 world champion, was unable to progress beyond the first phase of qualifying at Twin Ring Motegi last Sunday and struggled to make an impact on the leaderboard in both rain-hit races as a result.

Explaining a rare dip in form, the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver said: “We’re all scratching our heads as the performance was up and down all weekend. On Saturday everything was good, but all we did on Sunday was change tyres and then suddenly we were three seconds slower.

“We had an older batch of tyres [for Free Practice 1] and we were quick, but [for qualifying] we had the new ones and we much slower. It looked like the same thing happened to [Tom] Chilton in the Main Race, as he was four seconds slower than he was in the Opening Race and was struggling to control it and span off.

“We were fast in the wet in China, but we’ve come here and we were nowhere. We changed a lot of things on the car, but no matter what we did we had no front-end grip coming out of the corners.

“There’s nothing we can do but put this weekend behind us and focus and look forward to my favourite track Macau, where hopefully it’ll be dry and we can try and finish this season in style.”