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Huff strengthens top three slot
28 October 2008
Rob Huff has maintained third place in the World Touring Car Championship standings following a double score in the penultimate rounds of the season in Japan.
The Chevrolet driver qualified in seventh place at the wheel of his Lacetti with his focus for race day being to pick up as many points as possible from the two races. However, race day presented its own challenges with rain making conditions tricky at the former home of the Pacific Grand Prix.
Huff made a good getaway in race one, but was pushed wide at the first corner by Félix Porteiro. He then enjoyed a good race with the two other British drivers, Andy Priaulx and James Thompson before finishing just off the podium in fourth place.
With the prospect of a drying track, Huff made the brave decision to start the second race on slick tyres. With hardly any grip to begin with, the Briton had to be careful in the opening laps, but was able to increase his pace as the race wore on and took the flag in fifth.
“I had a very good start but Félix Porteiro jumped the start and started to push everyone wide, which caused the first corner mayhem,” he said. “I was on the right-hand side of the track and came out fourth after the first corner. Then I had a few steady laps, knowing that the car would get better in the middle part of the race.
“I had a bit of a moment in turn one which allowed James Thompson to pass me, but with the car getting better and better as the race progressed I managed to catch him again. I then got passed by Andy Priaulx, but on the last lap there were just too many cars for one corner which allowed me to take fourth from Tiago Monteiro. It was a good race given the difficult circumstances and I really enjoyed it.
“For race two I started on slicks, which of course meant that the first few laps would be difficult on the wet track. Then after about five laps the race started to come to us and the car got quicker and quicker and I could start passing the guys in front of me, which was quite entertaining.
“The team did a fantastic job this weekend and I am, of course, very pleased to go home with nine points and still in third position of the World Championship.”