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Robert Huff
Robert huff spafrancorchamps2014.JPG
Nationality  British
Born (1979-12-25) 25 December 1979 (age 34)
Cambridge, (England)
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2005
Current team Lada Sport Lukoil
Car no. 12
Former teams Chevrolet, Münnich Motorsport
Starts 215
Wins 25
Poles 11
Fastest laps 22
Best finish 1st in 2012
Previous series
2010
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
2000
Ginetta G50 Cup
BTCC
SEAT Cupra Championship
Clio Cup GB
British Formula Renault
FPA Winter Series
Formula Vauxhall
Championship titles
2012
2003
2000
WTCC
SEAT Cupra Championship
Formula Vauxhall
BTCC record
Teams SEAT Sport UK
Drivers
championships
0
Wins 2
Podium finishes 7
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Debut season 2004
First win 2004
Best championship position 7th (2004)
Final season (2004) position 7th (148 points)

Robert "Rob" Peter Huff (born 25 December 1979 in Cambridge) is a British racing driver. He currently competes in the World Touring Car Championship driving for Lada Sport Lukoil. He was the 2012 World Touring Car Champion.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

A Christmas Day birth in 1979, he had a long junior career in karting. He attended St Faith's School and The Leys School, Cambridge, from 1993 to 1996. He won the 2000 Formula Vauxhall championship, and class B of the 2001 Ethyl MG Championship (also finishing as runner-up in this series in 2000). His father's Chartered Surveying firm has been one of his main sponsors.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Huff entered the big time by winning the inaugural SEAT Cupra Challenge in 2003,[1] winning a paid drive in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the next season alongside former champion Jason Plato as a result. He battled on track with Plato in the second race at Thruxton but later lost his front splitter and retired, doing so again in the third race of the day. Huff started fifth at Brands Hatch and he was leading just before the safety car came out. He led away at the restart but was demoted to second by Matt Neal on the following lap and those position stuck until the end of the race, Huff claimed his first BTCC podium. He started round 8 at Silverstone on the reversed grid pole but second placed starter Kelvin Burt took the lead straight away and Huff soon fell victim to the Vauxhall of James Thompson.[2] A collision with Michael Bentwood in the second race at Mondello Park meant Huff was disqualified and he started race three from the back. Huff eventually fell down to 7th place but he scored his second podium of the season in the third race. He claimed his first BTCC race win in round 24 at Brands Hatch and he repeated this success a fortnight later at Snetterton. He adjusted well, finishing 7th overall in the championship.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Chevrolet (2005–2012)[edit]

The SEAT BTCC team was run by Ray Mallock in 2004, and when his company took on the fledgling Chevrolet WTCC project, they retained Huff.[3] At the season opening Race of Italy, he finished ahead of his more experienced team mates Alain Menu and Nicola Larini in race one. He collided with the BMW of Antonio García in his home race at Silverstone, forcing him to retire. In what was a difficult season with the new car, Huff's best result of 2005 was a sixth place in Mexico and with it he took the first points for the Lacetti in the WTCC. He finished the year joint 20th with Stéphane Ortelli in the drivers' championship with only the three points scored in Mexico. That year he also did a one off in the guest car of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, but collided with championship contender Tim Harvey in race one.

Huff driving the Chevrolet Lacetti WTCC car at Brands Hatch in 2008.

In 2006 he finished fourth at Brands Hatch, which was his best result of the first half of the season. He was taken to hospital after an accident at Puebla.[4] At the following event at Brno in the Czech Republic, Huff started 24th due to two 10-place grid penalties, but he fought through to eighth place in the first race, which gave him pole for race 2 – giving him a lead he never relinquished en route to a first WTCC win, and the first for Chevrolet in the dry.[5] However, the rest of the season was short on results, he finished 16th in the final standings.

There was an improvement in form once again from the Chevrolet team in 2007, Huff took a further win at the Scandinavian Raceway in Sweden, plus three more podiums,[6] including his part in a Chevrolet 1–2–3 at Porto.[7] These results ultimately left him ninth overall in the series, but behind team-mates Larini and Menu. The team took a win at every new circuit introduced for the 2007 season.[8]

He opened 2008 with four pointless races, but came in first and second in the two races at Valencia.[9] He was disqualified from the second race of the FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic due to his car having an illegal anti-roll bar linkage.[10] At Brands Hatch he made his 100th WTCC start,[11] qualifying third and taking the lead after a lap one collision between Menu and pole sitter Augusto Farfus. He led until a puncture three laps from the end. He finished the season third in the championship, behind SEAT drivers Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini.

Huff driving the Chevrolet Cruze WTCC car at Pau in 2009.

For 2009, Chevrolet switched to the Cruze chassis.[12] Huff did not make the best of starts to the season, failing to progress through to Q2 at the Race of Brazil and scoring no points. It was not until the Race of Morocco when things picked up; Huff took pole position and won the first race to take his first points of the season and the first win for the Chevrolet Cruze. He qualified fifth at the Race of France but a good start meant he passed pole sitter Andy Priaulx and then Farfus on the second lap to take his second win of the season. Huff qualified on the front row for his home event, the Race of UK. He passed pole sitter Menu and led away from the restart after the safety car but was re-passed Menu, depriving Huff of a home win and putting him under pressure from the BMW of Priaulx. Huff qualified sixth for the Race of Germany but dropped to sixteenth on the grid after an engine change incurred a ten-place grid penalty. A first lap incident in the first race eliminated Huff along with Jörg Müller, Jordi Gené and Farfus. Gené caused an accident in the first race of the Race of Italy, making contact with Huff under braking who then made contact with SEAT of Rickard Rydell. Huff escaped any serious damage to hold onto third. He took pole position for the season finale at Macau and dominated the first race. Huff finished the season ranked fifth in the championship, ahead of team mates Alain Menu and Nicola Larini.

In 2010, he finished the championship third behind new team mate Yvan Muller and Tarquini.

The Chevrolet Cruze was the dominant car in 2011, winning all but three races. The Chevrolet drivers were in a title battle all of their own, with Huff leading the championship early in the season. Muller took the lead later on, taking the battle right down to the last event at Macau. Huff won both races but this was not enough to stop Muller taking the title, his second with Chevrolet and his third in total.[13]

Huff leading team-mates Alain Menu and Yvan Muller at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

In 2012, Chevrolet announced this to be their last season in WTCC. The Chevy Cruze "blue train" with Huff, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu was again dominant over the field, taking 20 wins out of 24 races in the season. Muller took nine wins and led the championship for most of the season, Huff showed consistency and finished in the points for all the races except two. Finishing behind Muller did not seem enough until Muller tagged Menu from the lead in Shanghai, the penultimate round of the championship, sending Menu into a big slide and letting Huff through to overtake both of them and win the race. Menu lost a vital race win and Muller was given a penalty after the race, putting him out of the points altogether, giving Huff a big lead in the points. Menu was furious with Muller, saying "Yvan ruined both of their championships".[14] In the final round in Macau, Huff was a clear favourite with a 37-point lead over Menu and 42 over Muller after qualifying on pole. In the first race though, drama unfolded. Huff lost the lead to Muller on lap one and overtook him on lap four to regain the lead but right after made a driving error and touched the barrier twice, forcing him to retire with damage. Muller won the race ahead of Menu, both reviving their chances for the championship.[15] Huff's car got repaired for race two, with the help of both Menu's and Muller's crews in Chevrolet. Huff started the race eighth and had to finish fifth to secure the championship. On lap four, Yvan Muller ran into the back of Alex MacDowall's Chevrolet coming out of Mandarin, the fastest corner in the WTCC calendar, which spun MacDowall into the wall hard. The race was effectively finished with two safety car periods. Huff finished the race second behind Menu and ahead of Muller, with Chevrolet's campaign in World Touring Cars ending on another 1–2–3 finish for the team. Second place points were more than enough for Huff to win his first World Touring Car title and the first title for a British driver since Andy Priaulx in 2007.[16]

Münnich Motorsport (2013)[edit]

Huff joined ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in February 2013, driving one of the team's SEAT León WTCCs and replacing Markus Winkelhock in their lineup for the 2013 season.[17] He failed to set a time in qualifying for the Race of Italy having collided with the Wiechers-Sport car of Fredy Barth in the first few minutes of Q1 and breaking his suspension.[18] He was allowed to start the races from the back and climbed up to sixth place at the end of race one.[19] His car received further attention prior to the start of race two and he started from the pit lane and finished tenth.[20]

Lada Sport (2014–)[edit]

At the 2013 FIA WTCC Race of China it was announced Huff would join Lada Sport for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season, having signed a two–year deal with the team.[21]

Racing record[edit]

Complete SEAT Cupra Championship UK results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Pts
2003 SEAT León CRO
1

4
CRO
2

1
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

2
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

2
ROC
1

NC
ROC
2

3
THR
1

1
THR
2

Ret
1st 122

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2004 SEAT Sport UK SEAT Toledo Cupra THR
1

6
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

Ret
BRH
1

2*
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

4
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

7*
SIL
3

3
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

Ret
MON
1

8
MON
2

DSQ
MON
3

Ret
CRO
1

5
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

2*
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

6
KNO
3

5
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

1*
SNE
1

12
SNE
2

8
SNE
3

1*
DON
1

10
DON
2

11
DON
3

5
7th 148

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti ITA
1

20
ITA
2

Ret
FRA
1

19
FRA
2

16
GBR
1

16
GBR
2

Ret
SMR
1

20
SMR
2

Ret
MEX
1

6
MEX
2

Ret
BEL
1

NC
BEL
2

11
GER
1

23
GER
2

16
TUR
1

16
TUR
2

13
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

DNS
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

Ret
21st 3
2006 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti ITA
1

19
ITA
2

12
FRA
1

9
FRA
2

9
GBR
1

4
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

12
GER
2

9
BRA
1

18
BRA
2

8
MEX
1

Ret
MEX
2

DNS
CZE
1

8
CZE
2

1
TUR
1

15
TUR
2

6
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

15
MAC
1

9
MAC
2

Ret
16th 20
2007 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti BRA
1

5
BRA
2

Ret
NED
1

Ret
NED
2

13
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

13
FRA
1

4
FRA
2

4
CZE
1

20
CZE
2

NC
POR
1

2
POR
2

11
SWE
1

1
SWE
2

11
GER
1

11
GER
2

6
GBR
1

6
GBR
2

3
ITA
1

8
ITA
2

4
MAC
1

3
MAC
2

Ret
9th 57
2008 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

Ret
MEX
1

9
MEX
2

9
ESP
1

1
ESP
2

2
FRA
1

4
FRA
2

5
CZE
1

9
CZE
2

DSQ
POR
1

4
POR
2

5
GBR
1

21
GBR
2

10
GER
1

2
GER
2

3
EUR
1

4
EUR
2

3
ITA
1

6
ITA
2

26†
JPN
1

4
JPN
2

5
MAC
1

5
MAC
2

1
3rd 87
2009 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

13
MEX
1

NC
MEX
2

14
MAR
1

1
MAR
2

3
FRA
1

1
FRA
2

3
ESP
1

22
ESP
2

22
CZE
1

Ret
CZE
2

12
POR
1

2
POR
2

6
GBR
1

2
GBR
2

6
GER
1

Ret
GER
1

9
ITA
1

3
ITA
2

17
JPN
1

3
JPN
2

6
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

8
5th 80
2010 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT BRA
1

2
BRA
1

5
MAR
1

2
MAR
2

Ret
ITA
1

3
ITA
2

3
BEL
1

5
BEL
1

2
POR
1

18
POR
1

15
GBR
1

2
GBR
2

6
CZE
1

1
CZE
2

4
GER
1

18†
GER
2

7
ESP
1

3
ESP
2

6
JPN
1

1
JPN
2

3
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

3
3rd 276
2011 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T BRA
1

1
BRA
2

4
BEL
1

1
BEL
2

6
ITA
1

1
ITA
2

1
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

2
CZE
1

1
CZE
2

4
POR
1

3
POR
2

1
GBR
1

2
GBR
2

2
GER
1

2
GER
2

6
ESP
2

5
ESP
2

2
JPN
1

2
JPN
2

3
CHN
1

3
CHN
2

3
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

1
2nd 430
2012 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1

2
ITA
2

3
ESP
1

4
ESP
2

6
MAR
1

2
MAR
2

2
SVK
1

17†
SVK
2

1
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

7
AUT
1

1
AUT
2

2
POR
1

3
POR
2

4
BRA
1

3
BRA
2

1
USA
1

2
USA
2

1
JPN
1

3
JPN
2

4
CHN
1

2
CHN
2

1
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

2
1st 413
2013 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC ITA
1

6
ITA
2

10
MAR
1

5
MAR
2

Ret
SVK
1

17
SVK
2

4
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

1
AUT
1

8
AUT
2

9
RUS
1

4
RUS
2

3
POR
1

5
POR
2

2
ARG
1

8
ARG
2

Ret
USA
1

8
USA
2

20†
JPN
1

7
JPN
2

8
CHN
1

6
CHN
2

4
MAC
1

3
MAC
2

1
4th 215
2014 Lada Sport Lukoil Lada Granta 1.6T MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

Ret
FRA
1

5
FRA
2

11
HUN
1

11
HUN
2

12
SVK
1

9
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

12
AUT
2

Ret
RUS
1

10
RUS
2

Ret
BEL
1

16
BEL
2

13
ARG
1

ARG
2

USA
1

USA
2

CHN
1

CHN
2

JPN
1

JPN
2

MAC
1

MAC
2

14th* 13*

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

* Season in progress.

WTCC Statistics[edit]

Season Series Team Starts Wins Podiums Poles Fastest Laps Points Place
2005 WTCC Chevrolet 19 0 0 0 0 3 21st
2006 WTCC Chevrolet 19 1 1 0 1 20 16th
2007 WTCC Chevrolet 22 1 4 0 2 57 9th
2008 WTCC Chevrolet 24 2 6 1 1 87 3rd
2009 WTCC Chevrolet 24 3 9 2 2 80 5th
2010 WTCC Chevrolet 22 3 12 2 3 276 3rd
2011 WTCC Chevrolet 24 8 18 4 9 430 2nd
2012 WTCC Chevrolet 24 5 17 2 3 413 1st
2013 WTCC ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 24 2 5 0 1 215 4th
Overall 202 25 72 11 22 1581

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race; Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2006 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 BRH
1
BRH
2
MON
1
MON
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
THR
1
THR
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
DON
1
DON
2
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

7
KNO
1
KNO
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
NC† 0†

† Not eligible for points.

Complete Ginetta G50 Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DC Pts
2010 Dynojet Ginetta G50 THR
1

1
THR
2

1
THR
3

1
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
NC† 0†

† Not eligible for points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/showthread.php?t=21988
  2. ^ "Race 2: Thommo takes thriller". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 9 May 2004. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.btccpages.com/news/NewsStory.php?ArticleID=221
  4. ^ http://www.gmeurope.info/social_media_newsroom/news/2006/news_060802b.html
  5. ^ http://www.crash.net/motorsport/wtcc/feature/10632-0/qa_rob_huff__exclusive.html
  6. ^ http://www.huffsport.com/wtcc31.html
  7. ^ http://www.huffsport.com/wtcc26.html
  8. ^ http://crashnet.cars.msn.co.uk/feature_view.asp?cid=88&id=12506
  9. ^ http://www.huffsport.com/wtcc34.html
  10. ^ Meissner, Johan (15 June 2008). "Tarquini breaks BMW-domination at Brno". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_sport_motorsport/displayarticle.asp?id=334423
  12. ^ Chevrolet confirms Cruze for 2009, TouringCarTimes.
  13. ^ Huff wins again, but Muller takes title No.3, TouringCarTimes.
  14. ^ Rob Huff storms into points lead as team-mates collide, TouringCarTimes
  15. ^ Yvan Muller victory keeps title alive until last race, TouringCarTimes
  16. ^ Rob Huff wins 2012 championship in chaotic Macau race, TouringCarTimes
  17. ^ "ROB HUFF DEFENDS TITLE WITH ALL-LINKL.COM". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 27 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Tremayne, Sam (23 March 2013). "Monza WTCC: Yvan Muller dominates chaotic qualifying". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Abbott, Andrew (24 March 2013). "Muller takes first win of year". TouringCars.net (Andrew Abbott). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  20. ^ Tremayne, Sam (24 March 2013). "Monza WTCC: Yvan Muller charges to second Monza win in rain". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  21. ^ Tremayne, Sam (3 November 2013). "Rob Huff secures Lada World Touring Car Championship deal for 2014". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Robert Huff at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
SEAT Cupra Championship
2003
Succeeded by
James Pickford
Preceded by
Yvan Muller
World Touring Car Championship
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Yvan Muller