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Huff involved in high-speed crash


By Sport Bury


Rob Huff escaped serious injury during a high-speed collision while in action in Portugal at the weekend.

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. (2768060)
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. (2768060)

The former Red Lodge resident had secured his second pole of the year at the tough Vila Real street circuit, topping the qualifying session just ahead of his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen team-mate Mehdi Bennani

He got away well at the start of the race, with Bennani running alongside his left side down into the right-hand Turn 1, but at the next corner the two drivers bumped wheels, which then caused the two cars to violently spin off into the barriers.

Huff’s Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR ripped into the barriers, destroying the front of the car with the engine becoming separated from the chassis, while Bennani’s car launched over the top and back down, with the chasing pack slamming into the two Volkswagens which were now blocking the circuit.

The race was red-flagged and suspended for two hours as nearly a dozen damaged cars were covered and the barriers were repaired.

The damage to the cars was substantial, with the team forced to withdraw from the remainder of the race weekend, meaning Huff leaves with a zero-point score on a weekend where the Golf had its best chance of taking two overall victories.

A bruised Huff said: “The number of messages of support have been overwhelming, and it’s been very humbling to know there are so many people who are looking out for me.”



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