WTCC's Rob Huff was thrilled by the performance of a superkart when he got a chance to drive a Division 1 Anderson FPE during Friday testing for the British Superkart Grand Prix at the Snetterton 300.
Huff last drove a single cylinder 250 National at Cadwell Park four years ago. He visited the Karting Legends stand during the Martin Hines tribute at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and told British Superkart Association chairman Rob Willshire that he wanted to have a go in one at a "big, fast circuit". Willshire put him in touch with Division 1 competitor Chris Needham, who is a friend of Huff. Needham offered him a drive and Graham Barker Racing built a new FPE engine.
During the test session which took place under changing weather conditions on Friday, Huff was on the pace in the dry and was good in the wet too. In the end he finished up a few seconds away from triple European champion Gavin Bennett's time.
“It was absolutely awesome,” Huff said. “I was flat out at Coram and I've never been flat there before. They have so much grip.”
Echoing the comments of seven time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher about superkarts, Huff added: “It's the cheapest form of motorsport and the closest you can get to F1 without being in F1. I would love to drive one again.”
In regards to his future after Chevrolet announced its withdrawal from the WTCC, Huff said he was considering a range of options: “WTCC, American or European Le Mans, BTCC, DTM, Aussie V8. I'm a free agent and hopefully it'll be noticed that I've been in the top five in the championship for four years.”
by Simon Stiel