Two class wins for Yang Xi with Teamwork Huff in Malaysia
Teamwork Huff Motorsport had a great start to its TCR Malaysia Touring Car Championship campaign, with Chinese driver Yang Xi securing both victories in the Cup class in a steady weekend, finishing fifth and sixth overall in the two races.
The team entered its newly acquired 2019 specification Audi Sport RS 3 LMS for Yang, who was under the direct tutelage of team co-owner, World Touring Car star and Macau master Rob Huff throughout the course of the weekend.
Yang had a fantastic run in Qualifying 1, setting the fourth-fastest time overall, but in the short ten-minute Q2 session, a mistake on his only real flying lap saw him run wide, and the race director deleted his time, leaving him last eighth on the grid for Race 1, but advantageously first on the grid for Race 2.
Yang zipped straight past Douglas Khoo’s Cupra TCR for the Cup class lead at the start of Race 1, and went on to finish fifth as rivals ran into trouble, with his consistent run earning him fifth at the flag.
In Race 2, Yang lost the lead at the start to the Hyundai of Nicolas Gruber, and then fell behind Dan Lloyd’s Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda at Turn 2, eventually slipping back to finish in sixth position in the race, but crucially holding on to the Cup class lead to secure a double-win on his TCR Malaysia championship debut.
Rob Huff said:“Yang drove really well and fought hard.He didn't have a great start in the second race, but he’s not used to the starting procedure in these cars which we know is not easy.He lost positions just because he made a few little mistakes, but was fighting in the pack and was holding his own.On the whole, it was a good weekend. Yang learned a lot, and the car is completely damage-free – for a first weekend at this level, I think he did an amazing job, I’m really proud of him.”