Rob Huff insists his focus is still on closing the gap to the two SEAT drivers ahead as the World Touring Car Championship heads to Japan this weekend for the penultimate round of the year.

The Chevrolet driver heads into the Okayama event in third place in the drivers' standings, but will need luck on his side if he is to retain a chance of taking the title - with Yvan Muller currently 31 points ahead and just 40 points left to play for.

Second placed Gabriele Tarquini is some 22 points ahead of Huff and it is the Italian who Huff has his sights firmly fixed on - although the Briton will have to be careful of the drivers behind with Rickard Rydell and Andy Priaulx within three points of third place.

"We came away with a third place in the championship after Monza, which is better than I could have hoped for considering I retired from one of the races with a puncture," he said. "So my mission for Okayama will be to try and take enough points for second place in the standings. At Chevrolet the motto is never to give up, and I am certainly up for the battle.

"Hopefully between Nic, Alain and myself we can keep up the tradition of a Chevrolet winning at new race tracks. For sure the altitude of the track will affect our engines a bit as it did in Mexico and Brazil, but we have a strong car, a strong team and a strong season so far, so there is no way we will be going for anything less than the top spot."

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