Huffy takes on The Green Hell with Rotek Racing Audi TTRS
Rob Huff is set to make a one-off appearance in the VLN Endurance Championship on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife with a Rotek Racing-prepared Audi TTRS Special (Saturday 26 October).
The eighth and final round of the VLN will be run over four hours on the daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife, which stretches for 14 miles through Germany’s Eifel Mountains and has earned a notorious reputation as the world's most demanding race track.
However, Huff – the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion – will partner Robb Holland as Rotek Racing attempts to conquer “The Green Hell” using its spectacular and unique TTRS racer.
The Oakley-backed TTRS – a 2.5 litre, front-wheel-driven, ultra-high downforce version of Audi’s TT – has been specifically derived to compete in the VLN and other selected events.
The Huff-Holland driver pairing is gunning for top honours in the SP4T class, which has been dominated by the Rotek Racing Audi in the hands of Holland and Huff’s WTCC counterpart Charles Ng.
“When I was offered the opportunity to race with Robb Holland in such an extraordinary car and at such an extraordinary venue, I was more than delighted to accept,” said Huff. “It’s always a privilege to race on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and, while we’re going for the class victory, winning the race outright could be possible if the region’s unpredictable weather comes into play.
“What’s nice is that Rotek’s Audi TTRS is similar in power to the 2014-spec World Touring Cars, so it will be an interesting comparison ahead of next year’s programme, which I hope to announce after the next round of the WTCC in Shanghai.”
Holland added: “I’m really excited about having Rob Huff alongside me for the VLN. I’ve known him for a couple of years now and have a huge amount of respect for his talent. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he’s capable of in the TTRS, but I have no doubt that he’ll be instantly on the pace and will have a blast driving the car.
“Our main objective is to win our class, although the TTRS has the pace to match the GT3-spec cars in the right conditions. It will come into its own if the circuit’s damp or wet, with its high levels of downforce and front-wheel-drive configuration allowing you to be more aggressive.”
For more information on the VLN Endurance Championship, visit the www.vln.de website.
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