Macau WTCC: Huff takes record ninth win in wet race

Rob Huff stormed to a record-breaking ninth Macau Guia win in the main World Touring Car Championship race on Sunday

Macau WTCC: Huff takes record ninth win in wet race

The Munnich Motorsport driver started his Citroen C-Elysee from pole, and survived an attack from Honda's Norbert Michelisz after the race started behind the safety car before racing clear.

Conditions were deemed sufficiently wet to mandate a safety car start, before the field was released and racing began at the start of lap three.

Michelisz pursued Huff through the grandstand and Mandarin Oriental kinks and shaped to the outside on the approach to Lisboa before tucking his Civic in behind again.

The Hungarian closed in once again at the start of the second racing lap, but then forfeited a chunk of time in the final sector which allowed Huff to break free.

With the slipstream broken, Huff comfortably extended his advantage and crossed the line 8.142 seconds clear of Michelisz.

Huff's success means he is now the outright most successful rider or driver in Macau history with nine wins, one more than motorcycle rider Michael Rutter's total.

After losing the tow from Huff ahead, Michelisz - whose team ended its repair of his Civic at six in the morning after his shunt in Saturday's opening race - turned his attention to defending from the pursuing Sebastien Loeb Racing C-Elysee of Tom Chilton, who was part of a group of three cars alongside Huff and Michelisz that broke away when racing began.

Chilton got a run on the Honda off the final corner and attempted an overtake through the grandstand kink at the start of lap nine, but Michelisz hung on gamely around the outside and Chilton was forced to back out of the move, leaving him vulnerable to the second factory Civic of Esteban Guerrieri.

Guerrieri had earlier cleared Michelisz's title rival Thed Bjork for fourth and, having closed in on the second and third place pair with a string of fastest laps, profited from Chilton having to back out of his move on Michelisz to pass the Citroen man between the kinks on lap nine.

From there, Guerrieri assumed the role of protector to his championship chasing team-mate Michelisz who was allowed some breathing space.

But Guerrieri was shown a black and white flag for driving standards on the final lap of the race, and then succumbed to Chilton at the looped Dona Maria corner towards the end of the second sector and crossed the line in fourth.

Bjork was never in touch with the leading pack in his Volvo S60, but had a comfortable run to fifth without a challenge from the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze of Tom Coronel behind.

The result means Bjork now has a slender 6.5-point advantage over Michelisz in the drivers' standings with one round of the season remaining.

Mehdi Bennani was seventh in the second SLR C-Elysee ahead of Kevin Gleason (RC Motorsport Lada Vesta) and the Volvo of Nestor Girolami, and David Zsolt Szabo claimed his first WTCC point in 10th.

Result - 13 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Rob Huff Munnich Motorsport Citroen 13 38m15.740s
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 13 8.142s
3 Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 8.684s
4 Esteban Guerrieri Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 13 9.228s
5 Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 13 21.237s
6 Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 13 25.818s
7 Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 28.693s
8 Kevin Gleason RC Motorsport Lada 13 31.583s
9 Nestor Girolami Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 13 34.326s
10 Zsolt Szabo Zengo Motorsport Honda 13 41.598s
11 Daniel Nagy Zengo Motorsport Honda 13 57.796s
12 Ma Qinghua Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 1m07.945s
13 Nicky Catsburg Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 13 1m22.466s
14 Yann Ehrlacher RC Motorsport Lada 13 1m23.361s
15 Ryo Michigami Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 13 1m51.491s
16 John Filippi Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen 13 2m03.720s
17 Ka Lok Mak RC Motorsport Lada 13 2m32.928s
- Po Wah Wong Campos Racing Chevrolet 0 Withdrawn

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