Rob Huff amazed by new team Munnich's early WTCC progress
|By Sam Tremayne||Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 10:36 GMT|
Rob Huff believes the progress and form of his new squad Munnich Motorsport is already raising eyebrows along the World Touring Car pitlane.
The defending champion confirmed his shock switch to SEAT machinery less than one month before the season kicked off at Monza. His car was only completely finished four days before the Italian opener.
Huff feels the ex-GT1 World Championship team has already made remarkable progress, as evidenced by his fightback from 22nd to sixth at Monza and the fact he qualified seventh in Marrakech despite a broken turbo.
"It's a steep learning curve, but I think a lot of people in the pits are probably quite surprised with how we're doing, which is good," Huff told AUTOSPORT.
"Everything is moving in the right direction and every time there is a problem there seems to a clear idea of how to solve it.
"The boys are learning the cars incredibly quickly, and we're progressing really well.
"Of course it will take time, but the team are doing an incredible job. It's quite amazing; you'd never think [Marrakech] was their second WTCC event."
Huff believes the rectification of his turbo leak, coupled with the twisty nature of the Slovakiaring, could play even further into his hands this weekend.
"Qualifying [in Marrakech] was mainly where we discovered my turbo wasn't working," Huff explained.
"It's worth about three to four tenths a lap, so we're happy that we found it.
"In the past the car has suited tracks like Slovakia very well, so we're feeling positive.
"Whether we have the pace to challenge Chevrolet and Honda is yet to be seen, but at the end of the day it is the first year of the team: you're not just going to walk in and take charge straight away.
"There is a method in our madness, and I'm genuinely very impressed with our progress already."