Rob Huff: “Macau chooses who wins”
Comtoyou Audi driver Rob Huff believes the racing gods of Macau will determine who claims the inaugural TCR World Tour title, as the championship comes down to the wire in the Asian gambling metropolis.
Huff finished third in the opening race of the double-header weekend on Saturday, while main rival Norbert Michelisz won to open up an 18-point gap over the Briton going into Sunday’s decider.
Huff fought hard to fend off Michelisz’s BRC Hyundai team-mate Mikel Azcona in the first nine-lap encounter, and said he was pleased to be back on the podium in Macau – where he holds the record number of wins at 11.
“I’m very happy to be on the podium here at my favourite circuit,” Huff said after the race.
“Yesterday was a real struggle for us; nothing major but lots of little things going on. Today in the race, the pace was good. We struggled a little bit in the middle with some over-temperature in the front tyres, and then obviously Mikel was pushing me very, very hard. I had to get my elbows out for that, but it was completely fair, tough, hard racing.”
Huff’s love-affair with Macau’s Guia street track is well-documented, and going into the title showdown on Sunday, the Briton relies on the venue to once again deal its deck of racing history.
“We have to brave it out here. It’s an incredibly hard track, incredibly scary at times and hugely technical. I truly believe Macau chooses who wins these things. We have huge respect for the circuit and each other. I just hope for a clean race tomorrow, like the one we had today.
“Ultimately, let Macau choose and may the best man win.”
Huff will start the final race of the season as the highest-placed of the title contenders, lining up sixth. Championship rivals Yann Ehrlacher and Michelisz will start eighth and tenth respectively.