Rob Huff claims his championship is starting only now after putting a difficult start to the season behind him in the latest round of the World Touring Car Championship at Pau, the Brit claiming a pair of fourth place finishes.

Although Huff has had the pace to score at each meeting so far this year, a fifth place at the Curitiba season opener was all he had to show for going into the fourth round in France.

Nonetheless, with the advantage of minimal weight and a car that has arguably proved the quickest around a circuit that demands agility over outright power, Huff made the most of it to qualify fifth on the grid and go on to finish fourth in the first race, albeit only after team-mate Nicola Larini made a mistake and was forced to retire.

"Race 1 was relatively quiet and uneventful for me," Huff said. "I was behind Nicola, trying to protect him. Towards mid-race, he started having problems and going slower, so we lost contact with the front-runners. Once Nicola was out of the race, I could increase the pace and did some good lap times but it was too late to hope catching up with third position.

It was a result Huff went on to repeat in the second race, benefiting from a clash between Felix Porteiro and Jordi Gene to shadow Tiago Monteiro across the line and record a total of ten points over the weekend to lift him to 11th in the standings.

"In Race 2, I tried throughout the entire race to overtake Tiago Monteiro but I couldn't. It was a good fight and I am very happy with my two fourth places. My championship is really starting now."

Huff now goes to the next round of the championship in Brno, the circuit where he broke his race victory duck last season.



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