Rob Huff misses FIA World Touring Car Cup season launch due to virus
Rob Huff has been forced to miss the season launch of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup in Barcelona due to a virus, with the 2012 champion also forced to miss the last pre-season test at the circuit in his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
Huff, who last year topped the time sheets in the pre-season test at Monza, has some track experience with the car and with his new team from two weeks’ ago when he drove the Golf at the Zandvoort circuit in The Netherlands, and last week at the Hungaroring.
The season’s start is just over a week away in Morocco, with a bumper line-up of 25 cars entered for the first race at the Marrakech street circuit, where Huff will be the Volkswagen factory representative on the grid which includes a number of returning stars, including Gabriele Tarquini, Fabrizio Giovanardi, James Thompson and Huff’s old sparring partner and team-mate Yvan Muller.
Rob Huff said:
"I’m really upset to be forced to miss the launch event especially after all the work that’s gone into this new championship, as this season is looking to be one of the best years of touring car racing in at least that last decade, if not longer. It’s the first time I’ve missed the launch event in my career.
"It’s also going to be a bit of a disadvantage to miss the last test, but the Sébastien Loeb Racing guys are a really professional bunch and I’m sure we’ll still be able to hit the ground running when we get to Morocco.
“The new WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup looks like it’s going to be incredible right from the get-go, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and racing with a lot of my old friends and rivals from the last few years, as well as a lot of the new guys. With so many manufacturers on the grid, it’s going to be a fantastic show, and I’m proud to be flying the flag for Volkswagen, where our aim is absolutely to win the title, though we know it’s going to be a very competitive season."