Rob Huff dominates wet Macau main race
Münnich Motorsports Rob Huff took his ninth career win at a wet Circuito da Guia. The Citroën driver came home ahead of title contender Norbert Michelisz, the Honda driver finishing ahead of Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Tom Chilton.
At the start Huff took the lead ahead of Michelisz, with Chilton following suit. Honda’s Esteban Guerrieri managed to overtake Polestar Cyan Racing’s Thed Björk for fourth, but by that time he was quite far from the leading trio, despite it only being the first lap.
Michelisz tried to attack Huff in the first few laps, but it became clear the Brit had superior pace and eventually opened a gap, leaving the Hungarian with the tough task of defending from Chilton. As the SLR driver was focussed on attacking Michelisz Guerrieri, who was now close, managed to overtake the Citroën, which triggered an intense fight.
Chilton even tried to bump the Argentinian lightly to put pressure, trying a move several times, even in the mountain section. Guerrieri appeared to crack under pressure on the last lap, when a mistake at Dona Maria allowed Chilton through to take the final podium spot.
Huff won ahead of Michelisz, who is now right on the tail of Volvo’s Björk in the championship, just 6.5 points shy of the Swede who finished fifth. Chilton completed the podium ahead of Guerrieri, with Tom Coronel a spectacular sixth in his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet. Yesterday’s winner Mehdi Bennani went no further than seventh in the SLR Citroën, ahead of RC Motorsport’s Kevin Gleason, who defended hard but fair from Volvo’s Néstor Girolami, who finished ninth. Zsolt Szabo completed the top ten for Zengo Motorsport.
Björk still leads the championship, but his advantage is down to 6.5 points from Michelisz. In the independents’ trophy Tom Chilton leads by half a point over Mehdi Bennani.