Huff ques­tions WTCC penal­ties

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Rob Huff ques­tioned the inconsistency of penal­ties handed out dur­ing the sec­ond World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship race at the Hun­garor­ing af­ter a driv­ethrough penalty dropped him out of con­tention.

Huff had been bat­tling for the lead with Citroen driv­ers Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller in a sod­den race, but had his hopes of vic­tory crushed af­ter he was pe­nalised for bump­ing his way past Muller.

Me­hdi Ben­nani also re­ceived a driv­ethrough for con­tact, while Lada’s Nicky Cats­burg was pun­ished for skip­ping the chi­cane.

But with three other clashes not in­ves­ti­gated by the stew­ards, Huff, who fin­ished sixth, said a lack of clar­ity on what was deemed fair was part of the rea­son moves like his were be­ing at­tempted.

“It was a harsh de­ci­sion,” he said. “So many peo­ple are very up­set with it. That’s mainly due to the inconsistency of penal­ties be­ing handed out.

“We had con­tact; I took ad­van­tage of that be­cause I felt it was fair to. Yet if you look fur­ther down the or­der there are peo­ple driv­ing into each other and hav­ing ab­so­lutely no out­come at all.

“If we could un­der­stand a bit bet­ter as driv­ers ex­actly what’s al­lowed and what’s not then we might be able to race to­gether and not have these up­sets that we’re still hav­ing at the mo­ment.”

Lopez went on to win race two com­fort­ably ahead of Muller and Ti­ago Mon­teiro.

Ben­nani was vic­to­ri­ous in the open­ing race, ahead of Se­bastien Loeb Racing team-mate, Bri­ton Tom Chilton, as Honda and Citroen’s run­ners opted for slick tyres de­spite the fact the track was wet.

Huff: lack of rule clar­ity

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