Rob Huff has praised his mechanics for giving him the car to take pole position for the first FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) race at Zandvoort, with the Sébastien Loeb Racing team having to carry out significant repairs after the last event.
Huff claimed the first non-Hyundai pole position of the WTCR season in The Netherlands, putting his car on top by just over a tenth of a second.
His team had an uphill task ahead of the race weekend though, having to repair his Volkswagen Golf GTi after it sustained significant damage in the third WTCR race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife just seven days ago.
“I want to say a huge thanks to Sébastien Loeb Racing and Volkswagen,” said a delighted Huff. “The car has been really fantastic all day yesterday and we’ve improved and improved it.
“I think it just suits the track. I did two what I would say were really good laps and it was brilliant. We deserved it, the boys worked so hard for the second two races at the Nürburgring for nothing, and this is how we pay them back.”
Huff believes that he will face a difficult task in the first race to keep the pack behind, with the Honda of Münnich Motorsport’s Yann Ehrlacher starting alongside him.
“With a bit of luck [in the race] it will be me gone and not looking back, that would be ideal. That’s what we need. We need a good solid weekend with lots of points but it’s going to be tough you know.
“It’s not an easy track and there’s no respite with corners where you can stick your nose on the inside.
“I think we’re going to see some pretty cool racing and it’s great to have such a good crowd here today.”