Rob Huff back in the BTCC this weekend
Rob Huff will make a one-off return to the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone this weekend, driving a factory Vauxhall Astra run by Power Maxed Racing.
The 2012 WTCC drivers’ champion has amazingly only ever competed in one season of his home championship, back in 2004, winning two races on his debut season with SEAT Sport UK, and landed a drive with the works Chevrolet team in the World Touring Car Championship the following year.
By joining the BTCC grid, Huff adds to his schedule of being the “busiest man in touring cars” in 2017, as he competes in the World Touring Car Championship for ALL-INKL Münnich Motorsport, the China Touring Car Championship for SAIC VW 333Racing, and the TCR Benelux Touring Car Championship as well as the TCR International Series for Leopard Racing Team WRT.
The Cambridge-based driver is filling-in for fellow WTCC competitor Tom Chilton at the Power Maxed Racing team, with Tom recovering from a medical operation and is due back behind the wheel at the season finale at Brands Hatch on 1st October.
Rob Huff said:
“It’s great to be back in the BTCC, my home championship, and to race in a factory team with Power Maxed Racing.
“I’ve no real expectations this weekend, I’ve never driven the car or even an NGTC before, but I’ve driven TC1, S2000, Chinese, GT, TCR and all sorts just this year alone, so hopefully I’ll be able to get the hang of it quickly and score some good results for the team.
“Although I’m battling with Tom for the independents’ title in the WTCC, where we’re currently jointly in the lead, we’re good mates away from the track, and he wanted someone behind the wheel this weekend who he could trust to do a good job now that the car is starting to come on strong. I also hope Tom gets well soon so he can be back behind the wheel for Brands Hatch, then I’ll see him a few weeks’ later so we can race together again in the WTCC.
”I’ve been looking for the opportunity to race in the BTCC for a while, but it’s difficult to put a season together due to all the calendar clashes; and the TBL system means the chance to do one-off drives is very rare, so I’ll aim to make the most of it and to be able to race a touring car in front of my home fans for the first time in six years, and hopefully enjoy some British sunshine at the same time.”