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WTCC Morocco 2013: Huff enjoys Muller battle
10 April 2013
Defending champion Rob Huff said he had enjoyed the opportunity to go up against former team-mate Yvan Muller during the second round of the World Touring Car Championship in Morocco.
Huff went into the Marrakech weekend seeking to make progress up the championship standings after a tough start to life with the ALL-INKL.com Munnich Motorsport team at Monza – where a clash in qualifying left him to fight his way forwards from the back of the grid in both races.
A stronger qualifying session this time around saw the Briton secure seventh place on the grid for race and a strong start saw him move up to fourth spot, ahead of former Chevrolet stable-mate Muller.
A heated battle followed until Muller was able to make a move on lap five, with the Frenchman then edging away as Huff was delayed by the lapped BMW of Mehdi Bennani.
Following a mid-race Safety Car, Huff chased Muller over the final two-lap sprint to the finish but despite a drag race to the line, he failed to reclaim the place by just 0.024 seconds and had to settle for fifth spot.
Sadly for the defending champion, the second race would end in early disappointment when a clash with Fernando Monje at the final corner on the opening lap put him out with damaged suspension.
The weekend results leave Huff tenth in the championship standings but he said there were plenty of positives to take ahead of the return to Europe for the third round of the year in Slovakia.
“I'm glad to show that I am able to compete with my old team-mate once again,” he said. “It was hugely satisfying for me to race so closely with Yvan in the SEAT, particularly as we have been struggling with an engine problem all weekend
“Obviously I am disappointed not to have made the podium [in race two]. I think we had a good shot at winning the race. The next round in Slovakia should suit the SEAT Leon WTCC more, so I am hopeful we can build on the hard work of my ALL-INKL.com team and be even more competitive.”