Rob Huff: Title charge starts here
Chevrolet's Rob Huff is confident that his World Touring Car Championship title charge is about to start this weekend in Austria.
This weekend, the FIA World Touring Car Championship makes its debut trip to Austria’s Salzburgring for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2012 season.
That marks the halfway point, and while I may be 30 points behind Yvan Muller in the race for the title, I’m by no means out of the running.
This time last year, Yvan was 29 points behind me in the drivers’ championship, but he hit form at just the right time, going on to claim six wins at the last six race weekends on his way to the title.
That gives me hope. If Yvan can do it, I can do it - and a win in Salzburg would really kickstart my season.
Flights out to Austria have been difficult to get hold of, as lots of Chelsea fans are flying out there to get to Munich for the Champions League final.
Maybe I’ll convert a few of them to WTCC fans during the plane journey!
I’ve had a fun week in the build-up. As you all know, over the weekend I was in Corsica, driving the pace car for a few stages of the IRC Rally.
I had a blast: I got to meet IRC Champion Andreas Mikkelsen, as well as respected Japanese racer Toshi Arai, who raced a Chevrolet in the WTCC races at Suzuka last year.
And when I returned home, my brand new Ducati Monster, which I won for registering the most fastest laps in the WTCC last season, was waiting for me. Thanks Monroe!
It’s a beauty, and I can’t wait to learn how to ride after the season’s over.
I also picked up a brand new Chevrolet Camaro, which I’m going to be promoting as the car’s UK ambassador.
I went out for a spin with my dad after getting the keys, and it really is quite special!
But now, my focus is on the Salzburg. It’s a track we’ve not visited before on the WTCC, so we’ll cycle the track three or four times to make sure we’re completely up-to-scratch with the layout.
We know that it’s a high-speed track, so hopefully the Cruze’s power will be rewarded.
Another strong performance in qualifying is needed: as we know, I love being out in front!
I’ve been on the front row twice this season, but unfortunately pole position has managed to evade me.
Hopefully I can rectify that in Austria, taking pole position and converting that into a victory.
I’ll fill you in next week - enjoy the racing on Eurosport. As ever, I hope I put on a good show!