Rob Huff reveals he battled pain to grab Macau pole
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, November 18th 2011, 13:02 GMT|
Rob Huff has revealed that he had to battle the pain barrier as he grabbed pole position for the World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau on Friday.
Huff was locked in a tight tussle with Chevrolet team-mate and title rival Yvan Muller for the top spot in Q2 - and delivered a brilliant effort to grab the top spot despite brushing the barriers at the exit of the final corner.
But the real reason for that late incident was that Huff was struck down with cramp for the final corners of the lap - which meant he could not feel his right foot.
"I got cramp in my calf muscle and it locked the muscle completely," explained the Briton. "For the two corners coming out of the hairpin, the muscle went, and I had no feeling in my right foot. If you watch my onboard video you can see me kicking my right leg with my left foot. I managed to get it around though.
"I had done a good first sector, and a really good middle sector, so I am very, very happy."
Huff believes that the cramp issue had surfaced because of the long delays at the start of the session caused by the hefty crash suffered by Robert Dahlgren.
"I will be fine for the race. I think it was because we sat in the car for so long while the red flag was on," he said. "It was something I used to suffer a lot from, but we haven't had it for a few years now. So it was a bit of surprise, but it is one of those things.
"I am just really pleased that we did what we need to do. That is three-times in a row on pole in Macau – so I am a happy boy."