Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua has told Macau News Agency that Rob Huff could have avoided the accident that took the 2020 TCR China Championship champion out of the Guia Race this morning.
“We were looking for a positive end of the season but Rob destroyed everything. For himself too. I don’t think it is a good image for him. He has many Macau wins and I understand he wanted to defend his title but not this way,” Ma from Teamworks Lynk & Co. Motorsport team told MNA.
Huff, driving for the MG XPower outfit this weekend, had lost the first position to Ma on the first lap of the race and was doing everything to recover his first place when a small bump in the rear of his opponent before Mandarin sent the Teamworks Lynk & Co. driver against the barriers.
According to Ma, the accident is being investigated and he contested Huff’s version of events that the accident had been caused by his sudden break before the Mandarin bend. This could delay the confirmation of Huff’s 10th win in the Macau event.
“It’s not about the entry. I was the lead car into the Mandarin normally. With a TCR car it’s not possible to do flesh out so everybody needs to break and release the throttle a little bit. The problem is that in the exit when I went full throttle, he did the same. If you watch the replay he pushed me […] At this moment any driver will know that if you push a front-wheel-drive car the consequences are serious,” Ma told MNA.
“Rob is a very experienced driver, much more than me. He knows better than me the consequences. I can’t accept this. Every driver knows in Macau that Mandarin corner is one of the most dangerous corners”, he said.
Still, the Teamworks Lynk & Co. drive came out from Macau Grand Prix as 2020 TCR China Championship champion, after a second-place finish on yesterday’s race that granted him enough points to claim the trophy from Macau driver Rodolfo Avila.
“Yesterday we did a very good job, we got the points and I’m very happy for the team and myself as champions of the season,” Ma added.