British Touring Car Championship returnee Rob Huff is optimistic of 'making some real inroads' during today's Silverstone race day as the Power Maxed Racing driver stands in for the recovering Tom Chilton.

The former WTCC champion is making his first appearance in the BTCC since racing for SEAT team during the 2004 and negotiated yesterday's qualifying shootout with the 28th quickest time.

Despite starting race one from the tail-end of the field, Huff was left encouraged by the progress he's already made with the PMR Vauxhall Astra. The 37-year old shaved over 0.5s off his previous delta recorded from FP2 in qualifying, out-qualifying his team mate Senna Proctor in the process.

"I’m actually really pleased," Huff told Crash.net. "I had two completely different practice sessions this morning [Saturday] and it was the first time I’d driven the car.

"We made quite a few changes before qualifying and the car was really nice to drive. I was really pleased with it. Our lap time is down and we need to improve.

"But already I think we’ve given the team a slightly different direction to go in and it worked for me.

"I suggested a different route and they all agreed it’s a good way to go. I’m quite pleased that I’ve already contributed towards the team."

Indeed, having gauged the Astra doesn't use the tyre aggressively enough during qualifying, Huff feels that particular trait will stand the Vauxhall squad in good stead for race day as he aims to claw his way up to the top-ten.

"Our race pace is going to be very good. We know that. I can do eight laps and return a 59.4 on every lap. That shouldn’t be able to happen so that suggests the team are missing something in qualifying," Huff explained.

"I think the team are one of the only teams to make the soft tyre last the whole race. Again it’s because of the way they’ve got the car set up. The car isn’t aggressive enough on the tyre to make it work well in qualifying.

"I’d like to get into the top-ten at some point. If we can creep around the top-ten in race one; that would be great. It’s going to be tough to overtake here."