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Huff on Muller’s WTCC return: He’s a pain but it brought back nice memories

Huff on Muller’s WTCC return: He’s a pain but it brought back nice memories

05/12/2017 06:00

Rob Huff relished battling for position with Yvan Muller in the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season finale, even though the Frenchman did him no favours in his efforts to progress.

Huff spent all 10 laps of the Opening Race in Qatar on Friday night trying to depose Muller of sixth place. Despite numerous attempts to get ahead, Huff was forced to settle for seventh place behind the four-time world champion – a long-term adversary – who was making a one-off return to the WTCC for Polestar Cyan Racing.

“It was like 2009, 10, 11, 12 all over again,” said the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver. “It was actually really enjoyable, it’s fantastic to have him back. He’s a pain still, very difficult to overtake. It was nice memories, like old times but it was tough. The problem here is as soon as you get close to the car in front you loose all front-end grip and it’s really difficult to overtake someone.

“As always Yvan has not lost any of his charm when it comes to car positioning and he made life very difficult but race drivers have got to be tough like that.”

Norbert Michelisz has received yet more silverware. Twenty-four hours after picking up his trophy for finishing runner-up in the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the FIA Prize Giving event in Paris, the Hungarian was honoured a little closer to home.

The top three drivers in the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship were honoured in Paris on Friday evening when the stunning Château de Versailles hosted the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony.

FIA World Touring Car Championship promoter Eurosport Events has broken with tradition by awarding the prestigious WTCC Nürburgring Nordschleife Best Driver Trophy to not one but two drivers after Polestar Cyan Racing’s factory duo, Thed Björk and Nicky Catsburg, tamed planet earth’s toughest race track in spectacular fashion back in May.

Jean Todt has been re-elected as President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at the organisation’s General Assembly in Paris today.

Thed Björk will be crowned FIA World Touring Car champion for 2017 at the FIA Prize Giving in Paris this evening. Here are some facts about Polestar Cyan Racing’s swift Swede.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will be replaced from 2018 with new technical regulations, a new format and a new name following a vote of approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday (6 December).