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Huff enjoys fine start in Brazil
9 March 2010
Rob Huff has enjoyed a solid start to the new World Touring Car Championship season after picking up his best results to date at Curitiba.
The Brazilian circuit has proved to be a difficult one for the Chevrolet driver in recent seasons, with a distinct lack of points scored, but this time around the Briton was able to pick up a brace of top five finishes to lie fourth in the early season standings.
The first race started behind the Safety Car due to rain, and when Jordi Gene and Alain Menu both ran wide at turn one, Huff was able to move from fourth up to second place.
On a drying track, Huff was able to run behind new team-mate Yvan Muller all the way to the flag, while Menu took third as Chevrolet locked out the podium places.
Damage sustained at the start of the second race meant Huff was unable to match the pace he showed in the opening race of the year but he successfully held off the challenge of BMW's Augusto Farfus for fifth place and a solid start to his title campaign.
“It has been a terrific start of the season for the entire Chevrolet team and we are all very happy,” he said. “Race one was a fantastic race for the team. I made a good start and took second after turn two. Four or five laps into the race, my pace improved and I was really close to Yvan, but there was no point in attacking him, so I just stayed behind to make sure we brought home the brilliant result we did.
“I made another good start in race two and took third position behind the two leading SEATs, but then had to let Alain and Yvan pass because my gearbox oil temperature was rising. It was important to finish the race and score some good points, and I am happy I could defend the fifth position from Farfus' attacks.
“This is the first time I have made a really good start in the WTCC, and for me it's a dream start as I came to Brazil hoping to finish fourth and fifth in the two races and we've come away with a second and a fifth.
“The results we've achieved in Curitiba are just reward for all the hard work the Chevrolet and RML team has done over the winter months, and I feel that this could just be the start of something great.”
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