Red Lodge racer Huff’s team in legal battle

HUFF Rob (Gbr) Lada Granta Tc1 Team Lada Sport Lukoil Portrait during the 2014 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship, Russia from June 5 to 8th, 2014 at Moscow circuit. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI ANL-141011-164709002
HUFF Rob (Gbr) Lada Granta Tc1 Team Lada Sport Lukoil Portrait during the 2014 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship, Russia from June 5 to 8th, 2014 at Moscow circuit. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI ANL-141011-164709002

Rob Huff has admitted that Honda’s ongoing dispute with the FIA technical delegate has left a ‘dark cloud’ over this year’s World Touring Car Championship, writes Liam Apicella.

The Red Lodge racer and his team have been disqualified from the recent races in Hungary and Morocco, the latter of which saw Huff claim first place.

The news broke following an investigation into the flat floors of the three Honda Civics, with each deemed to be in breach of competition regulations.

Honda have appealed the verdict, with a date at the High Court in Paris yet to be finalised.

“Our car is lighter, so we have to bring it up to minimum weight with lead,” said the 36-year-old.

“We have now been told the lead is in the wrong place, even though there are no guidelines as to where it should go.

“Now, the team has to spend a ridiculous amount of money to prove we have done nothing wrong.

“This is racing and it should not be decided in court. It is very disappointing and has left a real dark cloud.”

Nevertheless, Huff has insisted he will be fully focused when the championship hits Russia this weekend.

“I am paid to be a racing driver and I do not get involved in political things,” he added.

“All the team will concentrate on is putting in a decent performance.

“I am confident we can do that and hopefully we will be on the podium in Moscow spraying some champagne around.”