Strategic victory for Rob Huff in the second race of the WTCR in Vila Real

Strategic victory for Rob Huff in the second race of the WTCR in Vila Real

Rob Huff has conquered the victory in the WTCR reverse grid race in Vila Real. Although the British driver started in fourth position, Huff was able to read the race very well and make the ‘Joker Lap’ at the right time to start ahead of Attila Tassi and Mikel Azcona. Third place for the golden Spaniard after a difficult weekend, as this result allows him to stay ahead of Santiago Urrutia and Yann Ehrlacher in the general classification of the World Touring Car Cup.

Yvan Muller did not get the best start and Attila Tassi was placed almost parallel. The Frenchman used his experience to stop the momentum of the Honda rider, all while Mikel Azcona was third, waiting to see what would happen. No changes in the first round, Rob Huff settled in fourth position ahead of Medhi Bennani and Norbert Michelisz. Not even the Lynk & Co managed to gain positions with Néstor Girolami embedded among the three pilots of the Asian firm. in head, Muller was 1.5 seconds ahead after the first lap.

Good performance by Attila Tassi in the Honda Civic Type R to get on the podium in Portugal.

Achieved leadership and a considerable advantage, Yvan Muller began to work on increasing his income to do the ‘Joker Lap’ with ease. However, the plans of the French pilot were ruined with the presence of the Safety Car for the touch at the end of the group between Esteban Guerrieri and the local hero Tiago Monteiro. The Safety Car stayed on the track for almost ten minutes, delivering a start in which there were no changes. after the same, Mikel Azcona did the ‘Joker Lap’, losing third position with Rob Huff.

The situation was repeated in the next lap with Attila Tassi, so Rob Huff climbed to second place. Since there are not two without three, the Zengö driver took the lead before Yvan Muller went through the wildcard lapa maneuver that cost the French dearly by giving way to both Tassi and Azcona. Meanwhile, Huff took advantage of this situation to gain an advantage in the lead while waiting for earn enough income to do the ‘Joker Lap’ and come out ahead of Attila Tassi. The British pilot launched into it on the twelfth lap.

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Strategic victory for Rob Huff in the second race of the WTCR in Vila Real
Mikel Azcona retains the leadership of the WTCR after a complex weekend in Vila Real.

The strategy was perfect for Rob Huff since he did the ‘Joker Lap’ and returned to the line with an advantage of 1.6 seconds over Attila Tassi. However, this advantage evaporated in the presence of a new Safety Car for the accident between Dániel Nagy and Nathanaël Berthon. However, what at first seemed like bad news for the British ended up being the best of all. The race was neutralized until the checkered flagso no one could attack Rob Huff.

After achieving three consecutive second positions, Rob Huff consummated his first win of the season with the CUPRA León Competición ahead of Attila Tassi and Mikel Azcona. The Spanish rider achieved a valuable third place in terms of the championship, especially since Yann Ehrlacher was eighth and Santiago Urrutia tenth. Between the Navarrese and his most direct rivals for the title, Yvan Muller, Norbert Michelisz, Medhi Bennani and Ma Qing Hua have slipped inas well as Néstor Girolami additionally in the case of Urrutia.

Results RACE 2 of the 2022 WTCR at Vila Real Circuit

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