Rob Huff amazed by new team Munnich's early WTCC progress

Rob Huff believes the progress and form of his new squad Munnich Motorsport is already raising eyebrows along the World Touring Car pitlane

Rob Huff amazed by new team Munnich's early WTCC progress

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."

shares
comments
Hugo Valente to return to WTCC with Campos SEAT in Hungary

Previous article

Hugo Valente to return to WTCC with Campos SEAT in Hungary

Next article

WTCC Ford Focuses to return with Rotek Racing

WTCC Ford Focuses to return with Rotek Racing
Load comments

About this article

Series WTCC
Author Sam Tremayne
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014