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Rob Huff won on his de­but for Honda at Paul Ri­card in the World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship last week­end.

The Bri­ton made a great start to the sea­son-opener to jump pole­sit­ter Hugo Valente and take a lead he held through­out the race, with Me­hdi Ben­nani his clos­est chal­lenger. “The feel­ing of cross­ing the line in race one and climb­ing to the top step on my Cas­trol Honda Rac­ing de­but was un­be­liev­able,” said the 2012 cham­pion. “The car ran flaw­lessly and I’m truly grate­ful to have been given the tools to win.”

Huff ’s sec­ond race got off to a bad start as he was punted off at the first cor­ner but he re­cov­ered to fin­ish an even­tual sixth.

“I made an­other belt­ing start to race two to rise to just be­hind the lead­ing Citroens on the run to the first cor­ner, but a rear-end col­li­sion wrecked my race,” he said. “I came back with a vengeance from 16th to sixth and, to be fair, that made for one hell of a race, al­though my speed makes me think that an­other podium was on the cards.”

Reign­ing cham­pion Jose Maria Lopez won race two, af­ter a sub­dued sixth in the opener. The Citroen driver re­sisted pres­sure from Huff ’s team-mate Ti­ago Mon­teiro in the clos­ing stages to win by just 0.284s.

Bri­ton won the first race at Paul Ri­card

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