Despite enduring a lowly qualifying position for the weekend’s opening race at Silverstone, Rob Huff says he is enjoying his return to the BTCC.
Last competing in the series 14 years ago with SEAT, the 2012 World Touring Car champion is filling in for Tom Chilton at the penultimate event of the year after being ruled out on medical grounds.
Setting the 28th fastest time in what was one of the most competitive qualifying sessions in recent memory, the 37-year-old wasn’t too downbeat and admitted the team had made progress that they can use going forward.
“It was an exciting session,” Huff recalled to BTCC Crazy. “Obviously we aren’t too happy given the position we are in but the time was good. If you take out the 45kgs I have to carry due to being a new entry then we could have been inside the top ten.
“We’ve made some real progress with the car though throughout Saturday. I wasn’t happy with how it felt in practice so we made some changes and it was spot on for qualifying.
“The team are still struggling to get the car to switch on for that one lap. It is brilliant at looking after the tyres and can do the same lap time continuously. I think I have given them a new direction that they can go towards now in terms of getting that ultimate lap time out of the car in qualifying.”
With three pivotal races set to be played out around the 1.64 mile National circuit today, Huff is relishing what lies ahead.
He said: “We’ve got a car that can move forward. These are long and enduring races in the BTCC and we have a car that is capable of picking others off. I’ll get stuck in and see where we end up.”
Having been away for more than a decade, many have wondered whether Huff would ever return to the BTCC for a full season.
“I’ve looked at it [returning] in the past,” Huff admitted. “I’m helping out my friend Tom this weekend though, people have wanted to see me back – here I am.”
Race one at Silverstone is scheduled to get underway at 11:57.
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