WTCR Trophy leader Huff looks to an old favourite to extend points advantage
Rob Huff returns to Vila Real leading the WTCR Trophy standings and well placed to build his advantage further on a track where nobody could beat him in 2018.
Although his hopes of victory were dashed in the multi-car crash, he was the fasest driver of all in qualifying for Race 1 when the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup made its first visit to the northern Portuguese town five years ago.
“It’s a different street circuit,” said the CUPRA-powered Zengő Motorsport driver. “Most street circuits are just Armco and concrete barriers the whole way. In Vila Real a lot of the corners are a little more open with the chicanes and the mini roundabouts. On those corners it’s a little easier because it’s not full street circuit but it’s a very long lap, there are lots of street elements involved and it’s very technical, it really is.
“You’ve got a lot of high-speed stuff then you’ve got these huge kerbs on these mini roundabouts so to set your suspension up it’s really tricky to get a good balance.
“Obviously, the driver has a lot of input on these circuits because the amount of risk you want to take comes into it massively. But, for me, it’s a wonderful circuit. It’s not one I’ve won on but I’ve had a pole position and I’m really excited to go back. We’ve had some good results but not quite what we were hoping for at the time. I love street circuits, I’m not a huge fan of these open-style F1 tracks, I like the small, condensed circuits where there are real limits. There are no track limits, your car is just in the barrier if you make a mistake so it’s real precision racing.”