Rob Huff bows out of World Touring Cars at 350 race milestone
15-year FIA touring car career comes to an end in 2020
Rob Huff will be sitting out the 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup after a sensational career at the top level of tin tops - after 15 years, 350 races, 31 race wins (nine of which were at Macau) and one championship title.
The British driver holds the record of most World Touring Car races started as it stands at 350, after commencing his career at Monza in 2005, driving for Chevrolet, the team where he raced all the way up until they left the series following his epic championship-winning season in 2012.
Over the following five years, Huff drove for SEAT, Lada, Honda and Citroën during the final years of the WTCC, before joining Volkswagen Motorsport for the first two years of the WTCC’s successor, the WTCR, continuing to win races with every marque for which he drove.
With Volkswagen having closed its WTCR programme for 2020, Huff has decided to move on and focus his activities elsewhere.
Last year, Huff and the Hong Kong-based operation Teamwork Motorsport launched the new Teamwork Huff Motorsport team, which is focussed on driver development in Asia, with the team also racing in Europe and the Middle East. The growth and development of this outfit will be a focus for 2020, where the team has already been racing in Malaysia this year.
Huff will also continue to compete in China, where has competed for many years in the China Touring Car Championship as an international wild card.
Rob Huff said:
“I’m proud to have had this long career in world touring cars, and to have driven in 350 races feels incredible; it really doesn’t feel like it’s been that many.
“I remember my first win at Brno in 2006 like it was yesterday; but the years that followed were amazing. I had a fantastic time with Chevrolet, winning the 2012 title for them against two incredibly tough team-mates in Alain Menu and Yvan Muller.
“Then picking up lap records and wins at Macau in a Lada was an altogether different challenge – and I’ll have the all-time front-wheel drive lap record at Macau for some time after what we did with that Citroën in 2017.
“For the last two years, Sébastien Loeb Racing and Volkswagen has been my home, and we’ve had a great time together through some ups and downs – to get that pole position at Macau three months ago was incredible given the competition we had to put up with.
“I’m now definitely up for some new challenges, and it’s a good time to regroup and start working on some other things. My immediate focus is on my race team in China; I’ll also do some races over there myself, while also coaching and developing new talent.
“And then something I wasn’t able to do much of last year was much historic racing, which is something I really love, and also maybe get back into some more sports car and GT racing now I have a little more time on my hands.
“It’s been a great chapter in my career, and I’m sure there’s probably plenty more touring car races in my future, but for now I’m really looking forward to a new start for 2020.
"I'd like to thank the many people who have been a part of my World Touring Car journey. There are far too many to thank, but without the support of my family and friends, all this wouldn't have been possible."