Rob Huff will hope to get his 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship challenge off to a strong points-scoring start in Brazil this weekend, despite Curitiba being one of his weakest circuits on the calendar.
Huff scored points in Brazil in 2007 but had finished only once in the previous four races at the circuit in the past two years.
Last season he had looked good for solid points before being forced out of eighth place in race one – a result which would have given him pole for race two – with the Briton showing his pace by positing the second fastest lap in that second race en-route to 13th place.
Keen to fight for a maiden title this year, Huff insisted that a solid start to the year would be key to his aspirations for the 2010 campaign if he was to carry Chevrolet to the crown.
“I want to be FIA World Touring Car Champion this year, and help bring home the WTCC Manufacturers' title for Chevrolet, so making a solid start is very important to our title aspirations,” he said. “Brazil and Mexico are the two events where we've been extremely unlucky, but this year we are starting the season stronger than we have ever done before. The aim will be to come away from those two race meetings with twelve or thirteen points.
The most we've managed before is four points.
“We know the Chevrolet Cruze can be competitive in Curitiba. Our lap times last year demonstrated this and the outcome would have been a lot different had we not been forced out of the first race.
“We had a very strong second half to the 2009 season and a good winter's test programme, so I'm going to Brazil with a lot of optimism. I like Curitiba – so there is no reason for it not to like me!”