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Rob Huff ‘encouraged’ by Marrakech form

Rob Huff had an encouraging showing during rounds 3 and 4 of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship from the streets of Marrakech, Morocco.

In the opening race of the weekend, the Brit lined up 7th on the grid and he was soon in 4th from the rolling start and from there, he entered into a race long battle with former title protagonist and team-mate Yvan Muller in the RML Chevrolet.

The 2012 Champion held the triple Champion behind him for 4 laps before running wide at the final hairpin which allowed the Frenchman to dive past. Huff then closed back onto the tail of the Frenchman before the Safety Car was deployed.

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On the run to the flag, Huff pulled alongside Muller and lost out in the battle for 4th position by 0.024s – fifth being his best result of the season to date and proving that the Münnich Motorsport team can mix it with the best in the WTCC.

“I’m glad to show that I am able to compete with my old teammate once again, it was hugely satisfying for me to race so closely with Yvan in the Seat, particularly as we have been struggling with an engine problem all weekend,” explains Huff, who lined up 4th on the reverse grid race with all 5 Chevrolets behind him.

He started 4th of 4 SEAT’s in the second race and immediately moved into third, ahead of his team-mate Marc Basseng and he went for 2nd at the final hairpin but contact with the wall after Fernando Monje in another SEAT closed the door on him damaged the suspension and Huff was forced into retirement.

“Obviously I am disappointed not to have made the podium, I think we had a good shot at winning the race,” added a despondent Huff. “The next round in Slovakia should suit the Seat Leon WTCC more so I am hopeful we can build on the hard work of my team and be even more competitive.”

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