Rob Huff: One-two will do

Chevrolet's Rob Huff looks back at a near-perfect World Touring Car Championship outing at the Salzburgring in Austria.


That was just what the doctor ordered. I had a near perfect weekend in Austria, claiming pole position, a win and a second-place finish to close the gap to championship leader Yvan Muller to just eight points.

The Salzburgring is a picturesque circuit, and I mirrored the beautiful surroundings with a flawless lap to take pole position in qualifying.

My team-mates Alain Menu and Yvan were behind me though, so I knew I still had a lot to do to take victory in race one.

It’s a high-speed track, so I also knew they were going to have a substantial slipstream advantage too.

Of all my WTCC wins, this was the toughest. I spent most of the race watching my mirrors.

But as my fellow WTCC competitors know all too well, I rarely surrender a lead.

Yvan had several passing attempts, but each time I stood firm and kept him behind me.

I held on for my second win of the season, but I had little time to revel in my success. Just 15 minutes later we were back out for reverse grid race two.

I started back in 10th position, but as you all know, I love a challenge, and by the end of lap five I’d climbed all the way up to second, with just Yvan ahead of me.

We soon got word of all the other Chevrolet cars getting punctures, so we eased off for the last few laps.

Unfortunately, the tyres didn’t quite hold out.

Yvan got a puncture two corners from the chequered flag, and while I briefly led, I had the same problem a turn later, allowing Stefano D’Aste to sneak the win.

Vitally, however, Yvan only finished eight, so I made another massive points gain.

While it’s never nice to profit from a team-mate’s misfortune, you’ve got to take the points when the opportunity arises.

That’s exactly what I did, and as a result the title race has been blown wide open.

With half the season still to go, I’ve got plenty of time to reel Yvan in. All going well, he won’t be championship leader for much longer. Watch out world: here comes Huffy!

I’ll be back next week to preview the race action in the Algarve.

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