Rob Huff has described his one-off return to the British Touring Car Championship as a ‘dream weekend’ after securing a sensational second place finish at Silverstone.

The former World Touring Car champion stepped in for Tom Chilton at Power Maxed Racing during the penultimate weekend of the 2017 season and very nearly took what would have been a remarkable victory in the reverse grid race, despite starting the day from 28th.

Huff led the vast majority of what proved to be a highly eventful reverse grid encounter but ultimately had to give best to eventual winner Matt Neal with just four-laps to go.

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“That surpassed my expectations, big time! That was just a beautiful weekend. I’ve had so many friends, family and supporters come this weekend on such late notice,” Huff told Crash.net.

“There was huge disappointment yesterday qualifying in 28th. But we’ve just kept chipping away and that’s what teams do. You keep pushing and you keep working at it.

“You chip away and get faster and faster. To get a result like that for the team is just a dream weekend. They’ve drafted me for the weekend and we’ve got the best result they’ve ever had.”

Having survived the early safety car period, before seeing off multiple challenges for his lead, the 37-year old began to recognise the victory was on.

After getting ahead of pole-sitter Dave Newsham as soon as the lights went out, Huff began to establish some clear air between himself and the second placed BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet.

However, the subsequent safety car wiped out his advantage, while also bunching the field back together.

“I’ve had belting starts all weekend so I rocketed off the line. I thought before the safety car came out we’ve definitely got it,” Huff continued.

“Matt [Neal] was on me pretty quickly. When there was a gap he closed it quick. After about five-laps, I don’t give up. I’m not easy to overtake, I know that. I made that Astra as wide as it’s ever been.

“You can’t fight the laws physics but after about six-laps I thought to myself ‘we might do this’. But then Matt got the inside on Copse and I wasn’t going to do anything silly, he genuinely got the inside.”

A flashpoint of the lead battle saw Huff’s Vauxhall Astra interlock with Tom Ingram’s Speedworks Toyota interlock heading towards Becketts.

Assessing that particular sequence, Huff said: “Ingram went off the track and came back on and then got on the inside of me. I wasn’t having that so he went down the grass.”