Rob Huff’s second place finish and race win at Sonoma moves the British driver into the joint lead of the championship with Yvan Muller, which Muller has led for the whole of the season so far.
In a race weekend where bad luck and incidents affected both of his team-mates, Huff was able to take advantage to grab second place in race one thanks in part to Alain Menu’s power steering failure, and the lead of the race in race two after team-mate Yvan Muller was given a drive-through penalty after knocking Franz Engstler’s BMW out of the lead.
Huff now is tied in the points standings with Yvan Muller on 315 points, with Alain Menu still within striking distance 48 points behind.
“We needed a break, I think luck played a part obviously, and luckily for me Yvan made a mistake and that’s given us a lot of points back in the Championship,” said Huff to TouringCarTimes.
“We struggled a bit this weekend with pace until this morning in the warm up, and that made all the difference. That gave us good pace in race one where I think we were just a little bit quicker than Yvan…(but) to try and make a move in a car that’s identical unless he makes a mistake is very difficult, and luckily for me he made a big mistake in race two which gave me the joint lead of the Championship and a win in race two so a very good weekend for me.”
WTCC Drivers’ Standings after USA