With the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team reduced to a pair of striking Vesta TC1 cars for the WTCC Round of Hungary taking place at the Hungaroring  circuit on the outskirts of Budapest (1-3 May) the Russian team were reliant on Rob Huff and Mikhail Koslovskiy to deliver points for the team.

Both drivers were hoping for good starts, Huff to exploit his solid starting positions and Koslovskiy to make headway into the pack to mount a challenge from further back. In the end both were disappointed to be dragged back into the clutches of their rivals as they tried but were unable to get traction to mount a challenge.

In Race 1 Huff was able to fight back with a move on Coronel’s Chevrolet and regain a position into 9th whilst Koslovskiy tried to keep in touch as the race progressed, hampered by technical issues that would eventually cut his races short.

Huff ran at consistent pace lapping each time within one tenth of a second of his previous effort to look assured and bring the Vesta home without really being challenged or challenging whilst his young Russian teammate was forced to retire to the pits for repairs.

With points on the board from Race 1 the team turned their attention and hopes to Race 2 and Huff’s elevated starting position on the second row alongside reigning Champion Lopez in the Citroen and behind local favorite Michelisz and Tom Coronel whom the Englishman had the better of in Race 1.

Again Huff didn’t get the start he was hoping for and soon found himself in the mix as the cars went through the first sequence of corners side by side. The jostling Citroens around him causing a half spin for Loeb that resulted in contact with Huff who found himself an innocent victim of somebody else’s incident and retired from the race which a good result was possible for the emerging Lada Vesta.

Koslovskiy faired little better with a recurrence of technical issues from Race 1 that saw him return to the pit garage after a handful of laps.

“Clearly not the weekend that the team had planned and hoped for in Hungary” said team principle Victor Shapovalov, “but the positive thing is that the pace in qualifying is getting better with every racing weekend.  We shall emerge stronger for the challenges at Nurburgring and build on the pace the Vesta clearly has”.

The WTCC race of Germany, the much anticipated round at the legendary Nordschlife circuit takes place on 16th May 2015.


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