WTCC - Huff claims pole in Macau

Rob Huff moved another small step closer to his first WTCC title by winning pole position at Macau and stretching his championship lead.

WTCC - Huff claims pole in Macau

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Rob Huff at Macau (WTCC)

Huff’s pole position was not unexpected as he had been the fastest in both the free practice sessions and had also been on pole at Macau in the previous three years.

Chevrolet team-mates Yvan Muller and Alain Menu – who are now lying 42 and 37 points behind their team-mate – are next on the grid.

Cambridge's Huff clocked 2:29.422 to pick up five bonus points for pole position,

Most of the positions were decided in the first run with Muller the first one to cross the line in 2:30.361, a time that was immediately beaten by Huff.

Huff said: “It was a fantastic result. Macau is my favourite track and to claim a fourth consecutive pole position here is a dream.

"Once again the team did an amazing job and my car was perfect from the beginning. This is all I needed to do: a better starting position and a few more points compared to my team-mates.

"But here anything may happen, and generally it does. And we have seen that one race weekend can change the whole frame, as it happened to Yvan in China.”

Gabriele Tarquini put in a solid performance as he qualified fourth and best of the rest on his last appearance at the wheel of a SEAT car.

His 2013 team-mate Tiago Monteiro claimed a brilliant fifth, the best qualifying result for Honda since they joined the championship at Suzuka.

Local hero Darryl O’Young shone in qualifying, winning his third consecutive pole position in the Yokohama Trophy at Macau, ahead of Norbert Michelisz and Mehdi Bennani.

An outstanding result considering that his bamboo-racing crew had worked all night to rebuild his car after Thursday’s crash.

Local drivers Mak Ka Lok, Célio Alves Dias, Filipe De Souza, Ng Kin Veng and Henry Ho were punished for not stopping at the weighing bay.

They will start the races from the back of the grid.

The two final races of the season take place on Sunday.

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