Rob Huff came from 22nd on the grid to finish 9th in the second of two FIA World Touring Car Championship races at Oschersleben in Germany, after his opening race ended in a second corner collision.

Having qualified on pole at Oschersleben last year, Rob was hopeful of a similar starting position with his new Chevrolet Cruze. The weather made qualifying very difficult, with rain in Q1 making the track increasingly wet, followed by equally challenging drying conditions in Q2. Rob got into Q2 as one of the top 10 fastest driver from Q1, and was on provisional pole for a time. His strategy of using a combination of dry and wet weather tyres was working well, but a misfire saw him pull off to the side of the track before the end of Q2. Rob eventually qualified 6th, but had to take a 10 grid slot penalty when his engine had to be replaced before the first race.

From 16th on the grid, Rob made a good start as the 27 cars headed towards the notoriously tight first and second corners. Unfortunately Jörg Müller spun his BMW right in front of Rob in Turn 2, forcing the 29-year old driver from Cambridgeshire to hit the brakes and stop. A split second later Jordi Gené slammed into the back on Rob’s Chevrolet, causing considerable damage to the rear of the Cruze and pushing it into the back of the BMW. Rob managed to drive the car back to the fits, where the RML team was able to make repairs in time for the second race.

Starting from near the back of the grid, Rob made another good start in the second race and worked his way through the field to finish 9th, just one place away from scoring a WTCC point.

“Unfortunately were didn’t quite manage to score any points in Oschersleben, but it was good fun in Race 2,” said Rob.

“In Race 1, I tried to be as gentle as possible in Turn 1, knowing that there will inevitably be an accident. It went well but when approaching Turn 2, I found the car of Jörg Müller had spun and was facing the wrong way. I had nowhere to go – I couldn’t pass on the right or on the left of him, so I had to stop. As soon as I did I was hit hard at the back by Jordi Gené and pushed into Müller’s car.

“Any hopes of scoring points that weekend ended there, although the boys did a fantastic job repairing the front and the back of my Cruze to let me start Race 2.

“The second race went really well, and with nothing to lose I had some good battles and made some neat overtaking manoeuvres. I didn’t expect to make up thirteen places and come within one position of scoring a WTCC point, and was pleased with the pace and balance of the car.”

Rounds 19 and 20 of the WTCC take place at Imola in Italy on 19-20 September.