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Rob Huff eyeing strong start in 2011 World Touring Cars

Rob Huff
Huff has finished third in the drivers' standings twice in the last three years

Chevrolet's Rob Huff has said he is aiming to make a strong start in next year's World Touring Car Championship.

Cambridge-born Huff finished third in the 2010 drivers' standings with three race wins, all late in the season.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I definitely seem to excel when there's something to chase and I'm able to give myself a target.

"So we'll be aiming to start the season with the goal of leading the standings right from the start."

After a win in race one of this season's final meeting in Macau last month, Huff finished the season level on points with second-placed Gabrielle Tarquini, but 55 points off drivers' champion and fellow Chevrolet driver Yvan Muller.

The 30-year-old has raced in World Touring Cars for the past six seasons, having started with Chevrolet in 2005.

With his team having walked away with both the drivers' and constructors titles, it has been a hugely successful year.

"I'm delighted to have equalled my best ever finish in World Touring Cars and on pace and performance we've been up there all season long," Huff said.

"It's been brilliant for Yvan. He has been the strongest driver in the championship for the past three years - he's the number one driver without a doubt."

Huff, who has now finished third in two of the past three seasons, says he was disappointed by two key stewarding decisions.

"In race two in Portugal we came from last on the grid to finish third, but I got disqualified after a small touch with Augusto Farfus," he said.

"We went to Germany next time out and fell foul of the stewards again, but there are always 'what ifs' in motorsport."

The future of the Chevrolet team was left hanging in the balance following the global recession in 2008, but Huff says they are now reaping the rewards of their investment.

"General Motors are very pleased with what they're getting out of World Touring Cars," he said. "It's the first time GM have ever won an FIA world championship."

Chevrolet have continued to invest in their car for next season, and Huff expects to be handed a vehicle capable of winning the world title.

And he believes fans can look forward to a very different type of racing in 2011.

"The championship is changing and we're moving from two-litre, 16-valve engines to 1.6 turbo-charged petrol engines, and at the moment we're almost two seconds a lap faster," he said.

"We're going to have a few new tracks and it's certainly all looking very exciting."

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