Successful endurance debut for Teamwork Huff at the TCR Spa 500
Teamwork Huff Motorsport had a successful endurance racing debut at the inaugural TCR SPA 500 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend, with the team's all-Chinese driver line-up successfully taking on the challenging conditions, with falling on-and-off throughout the whole weekend.
The team entered a pair of Audi Sport RS 3 LMS DSGs, with the #22 car driven by China Touring Car Championship pros Andy Yan and Rainey He, as well as Chuang Yan and Neric Wei, while the #852 car (that's Hong Kong's dialling code), driven by Alex Hui, Sunny Wong , Paul Poon and Samuel Hsieh.
In the 500 lap race - which eventually went to the 23-hour time limit of 23 hours, so 454 laps in total by the leader, the team's two Audis soldiered on, even though rain fell during the latter stages of the race, seeing a number of late-race incidents.
The team started the race strongly, with both the #22 and #852 cars running in the overall top three at different points, but the main objective was the finish, and though the #22 retired just a few laps short of the chequered flag, the #852 made it all the way and Hui, Poon, Hsieh and Wong also secured a podium result for the team in the Pro-Am category for the debut.
On hand all weekend was co-team owner Rob Huff, who's had to miss most of the team's early season outings this year due to his commitments in the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup, but this weekend was there to share his experience of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with the Chinese drivers who've never done much more than a track day at the iconic Belgian circuit.
With his experience of GT3 and GT4 endurance cars, historic racers, and various touring cars, from Super 2000, to TC1, TCR and silhouettes at the track, he helped shape the team's result, as he learned a new craft as well, how to direct a team from behind the pit wall
Rob Huff said:
"It's been a fantastic weekend for the team, I'm really proud of what we've achieved. The Teamwork guys themselves did the 24H Dubai earlier this year, but Spa is another challenge entirely, and of course the rain came and made it all the more challenging, but it wouldn't be a endurance race at Spa without it.
"Our objective was to get experience and get to the finish, but we achieved more than that with Sunny, Alex, Paul and Samuel also getting on the podium as well in the Pro-Am class, so it's a fantastic result for the guys and I'm really proud of them and the team.
"It's been very exciting running a team from this side of the garage, but I certainly won't be hanging up my helmet yet, but it won't be too long until we confirm what the next new challenge for Teamwork Huff Motorsport will be."