Huff praises SLR team after taking reverse-grid pole at WTCR Race of Slovakia
Rob Huff has praised his SLR Volkswagen mechanics for the part they played in helping to transform his fortunes at WTCR Race of Slovakia today.
After completing Free Practice 2 down in P26, Huff made it through to Q2 where he finished P10 to claim the DHL Pole Position for the reverse-grid Race 2 on Sunday, a performance that provided a welcome boost for Huff following a challenging start to the season for him and his team-mates Mehdi Bennani, Johan Kristoffersson and Benjamin Leuchter.
“Every time we have a problem SLR Volkswagen sort it out for me,” said a delighted Huff. “We have been struggling but hopefully we can try and make something on Sunday with this result.”
Ahead of the Slovakia weekend, Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said: “The race weekend in Hungary was a step in the right direction for us, but we cannot expect to follow on seamlessly from that in Slovakia. The Slovakia Ring does not play entirely to the strengths of the Golf GTI TCR. Our car is better suited to tight, compact circuits. The fact that the strength of the competition in the WTCR has increased hugely since last year means the weekend will be far from a walk in the park.”
Volkswagen Motorsport also issued a statement regarding its change of engine control unit for WTCR Race of Slovakia. It read: “The Volkswagen Group’s standard control unit will be used again in the four Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. Up until now, they were exclusively equipped with a new engine control unit, which will be compulsory for all WTCR teams from 2020. However, it became clear after the first two race weekends that more development work was needed on the units. The switching of the control unit means the Golf retains its compensation weight of 60 kilograms and, in accordance with the Balance of Performance classification, brings its weight to 1295 kilograms.”
Meanwhile, Néstor Girolami, who leads the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, is set to join Huff on the front row of the Race 2 grid, which is scheduled to begin at 15h15 on Sunday and takes place over nine laps.