Rob Huff begins new chapter with factory Honda Racing World Touring Car Championship team
Rob Huff has today (Wednesday 13 January) been confirmed as part of Honda Racing's refreshed driver line-up for the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
The 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion is universally regarded as one of the best touring car drivers of his generation and he is currently placed second on the WTCC's all-time winners' list, having amassed no fewer than 27 race victories, 77 podium finishes and 11 pole positions since his debut in 2005.
In addition, Huff stands as the most successful driver in the history of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix after achieving a record-breaking eighth win on the infamous Guia street circuit with Honda machinery in 2015.
However, Huff is preparing to begin a brand new chapter in his World Touring Car career with the factory Honda Racing team.
The 36-year old will pilot one of three TC1-specification Honda Civics alongside fellow WTCC stalwarts, Portugal's Tiago Monteiro and Hungary's Norbert Michelisz, and the Newmarket, England-domiciled driver is confident his partnership with the Japanese manufacturer will be a lucrative one.
"Over the past couple of seasons, I've become very used to seeing the Civic WTCCs in front of me, so it's terrific to have the chance to race one this year," said Huff. "I won't be happy to finish my career as only a one-time World Champion, and there's a tremendous opportunity with Honda and JAS to correct that statistic. I raced a JAS-built Civic TCR at Macau last year and it was a very well-built and fast machine, so that gives me plenty of confidence that we'll have a strong season. I can't wait to start testing."
The 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) consists of 12 rounds in Europe, South America, North Africa and Asia, and the season begins with the Race of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on 18-20 March.