LADA made history in China by taking its first ever win in the FIA WTCC

LADA made history in China by taking its first ever win in the FIA WTCC

05.10.2014: And there were a lot of red flags waving this afternoon at Goldenport Park to celebrate

And there were a lot of red flags waving this afternoon at Goldenport Park to celebrate a much-awaited moment

It happened thanks to Rob Huff, who made a perfect race, making good an excellent use of pole position in the reversed grid and keeping control of everything during the entire race.

The Brit was escorted from the beginning by Tom Coronel, who completed the excellent weekend of ROAL Motorsport, while Sébastien Loeb completed the podium, ahead of José María López, who grabbed some extra points over Yvan Muller in the title fight.

James Thompson, 6th, gave LADA another handful of points, while Franz Engstler took another victory in TC2T recovering from a spin at mid-race.

Rob Huff, winner of Race 2 quote:

“It’s simply fantastic, who would have thought that, even after the great podium finish in Argentina. It’s my first win since Macau last year and certainly the hardest to obtain in my career. And that is why I will cherish forever. I am so happy for LADA Sport and all the boys, they have done such a hard and good work.

We kept believing, fighting and working, and that pays off. Everything went well in Race 2: a good start, then I pushed hard in the initial laps to build enough gap.

The car was strong and after that, I tried to just manage the gap and the tyres, in case  I needed to push again at the end. In the final laps I had some vibrations on the front left, but could keep Tom Coronel at bay and win.”

Key moments

Grid – A drive-through is inflicted on Bennani for an unauthorized intervention on the grid. Münnich, Borković and Kozlovskiy are not taking the start

Start - Huff takes a good start, controlling Coronel, as opposed to Thompson, who is immediately passed by Loeb and Michelisz

Lap 1- Huff is leading, followed by Coronel, Loeb, Michelisz, Thompson, López and Morbidelli

Lap 2 – Monteiro passes Ma for 12th

Lap 6 – Chilton passes Muller for 8th, while Thompson closes on Michelisz for 4th

Lap 9 – Engstler spins and is passed by Filippi for the lead of the TC2T class

Lap 10 – López passes Thompson for 10th, right behind Chilton and Morbidelli

Lap 14 – As the group gets compact behind Thompson, there is a nice fight between Morbidelli and Chilton, with Muller and Tarquini right behind

Lap 16 – López passes Michelisz for 4th  

Lap 17 – Huff’s advantage is 4 secondsLap 18 – Engstler retakes TC2T lead from Filippi; big fight for 12th between Ma and Monteiro

Lap 25 – Morbidelli passes Chilton for 7th, while Ma is ahead of Monteiro

Lap 26 – Coronel closes on Huff in the final phase, but the Brit has everything under control, for the greatest joy of the LADA Sport team


- Fabio Ravaioli, photos FIA WTCC


05.10.2014 / MaP

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