MG XPower Takes Victory in Macau

The 2020 TCR China season ended last weekend with former BTCC driver Rob Huff and Zhang Zhendong taking the MG XPOWER team to win ‘Team of the Season’ and the ‘Model Cup’ for 2020.

MG XPower Driven by Rob Huff in Macau

Huff, who previously competed in MG Car Club motorsport, took his 10th win at the iconic Macau circuit. The 40-year-old Cambridge-based driver was taking part in the Macau Grand Prix for the MG 6 XPOWER TCR team and negotiated a weekend of incident-heavy races to make it 10 of the best.

I’m really happy with our weekend and to win 10 races in Macau and to add to our tally has been something we’ve been chasing for a few years now.

There’s been a lot of pressure on me this weekend with a lot of expectations. To go through the 14-day quarantine, and then to achieve this win is a great result and really rewards the effort everyone has made.

In the races, we knew the MG doesn’t have as good a launch system as the Lynk & Co, so we lost out to Ma (Qing Hua) in both races at the starts, but in race one, I was able to get back past him before Lisboa.

In race two he didn’t make it so easy, and I had to follow him around the lap. Then on the second lap I had a good run on him into turn two, and he saw me coming and seemed to slide and to slow. I tried to move my car, but at 220km/h, the car was already quite unstable.

Unfortunately, we were found guilty of ‘avoidable contact’, and given a 30-second penalty, which of course in a race which ended under a red flag, means we drop to pretty much last.

I don’t think there’s anything I could have done to avoid it – and the accident was in no way intentional – but I’m glad the driver’s OK. It’s been great to be here in Macau and claim my 10th race win around the Guia circuit, and achieve MG XPOWER’s goals of winning both the teams’ championship, and the models’ championship.

Rob Huff
Rob Huff and MG XPower

Huff’s 10th Macau win concludes a season in which he also became the first Brit to win the STCC TCR Scandinavia Championship. In the second race teammate Zhang Zhengdong, climbed from 8th on the grid to take third place.

Note: Press release courtesy of TCR Series.