Rob Huff has predicted a challenging weekend could lie ahead at Imola as he seeks to continue the strong form he showed during the last round of the World Touring Car Championship at Oschersleben.
The Chevrolet ace took his maiden pole position in Germany and followed it up with two trips to the podium on race day, finishing second in the opening race and third in race two – despite being forced to start seventh due to the reverse grid rules.
It means he heads into the weekend in Italy carry 70 kilos of extra ballast on his Chevrolet Lacetti and having never carried such weight before, he admitted that he would be happy to just bring home points from the return to Imola – which makes a comeback on the calendar following the cancellation of the event at Anderstorp.
“It will be a challenge going to Imola,” the Briton said. “It will take us a few laps to get to know the track again as we haven't been there since 2005 and they have changed the track a bit. The toughest part will be running with 70 kilos of success ballast, which is something I have never done before in my whole touring car career. So my aim is to qualify in the top ten and then finish the races in the points.
“If we can get away with four or five points, I will be very happy. Imola is a long, fast and undulating track, not necessarily what you want with a heavy car. The good thing though is that all the guys in front of me in the championship are running more or less the same weight. That said I will have to keep an eye on those behind me in the standings as well.”