Huff helps Lada to its maiden World Touring Cars victory

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LADA is finally a winner in the World Touring Car Championship, six years on from its debut, after controlling the pace at Goldenport Park to lead from pole position.

The British driver was starting from a reverse grid pole position for the second round in succession, but while he was denied victory by Jose Maria Lopez on the faster, more open Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, the tighter, twistier Goldenport Park track posed a greater opportunity for his Granta machine.

Getting the start he needed to lead from the first turn, not only did Huff control the advantage back to Tom Coronel in second place, he was able to pull away, the former champion crossing the line for a very popular win.

Indeed, having been thrilled to give LADA its first-ever WTCC podium in Argentina, victory marks another huge milestone for the Russian manufacturer.

Coronel held on for second place to complete a strong day for ROAL Chevrolet following team-mate Tom Chilton’s win in race one, while Sebastien Loeb completed the podium for Citroen on a day when the French manufacturer seemingly met its match for the first time in 2014.

Crucially for the title battle, though he would finish behind his main rival in race one, Jose Maria Lopez would fare better than Yvan Muller in race two, his fourth place – coupled to Muller’s lowly ninth – meaning he has extended his lead to 66 points.

Norbert Michelisz rounded out the top five, ahead of Huff’s team-mate James Thompson, Gianni Morbidelli, Chilton, Muller and Gabriele Tarquini.

Huff helps Lada to its maiden World Touring Cars victory

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