Rob Huff ready for FIA World Touring Car Cup season start
Morocco will host the season opener of a new touring car era
Rob Huff is getting ready for the start of the FIA World Touring Car Cup season, which heralds the dawn of a new era of touring car racing, as the WTCC organisers have adopted the world-class TCR technical regulations which have seen the entry numbers soar for 2018.
With three years' experience with these new regulations, taking a TCR-specification car to victory in Macau in 2015 before a full season campaign last year in both the TCR and WTCC, Huff is relishing the challenge ahead to race with a number of returning rivals as well as new stars, with 25 cars set to be on the grid at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan this weekend in Marrakech, Morocco.
Huff is very well acquainted with the 2016-17 championship-winning Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR which he'll race this weekend, but it will be with a new team, having made the move to join the top-running Sébastien Loeb Racing team during the winter break.
Huff will also be one of only two Volkswagen drivers on the grid, with six other manufacturers also represented which is set to make the 2018 WTCR - World Touring Car Cup season one of the most competitive championships of the year.
Rob Huff said:
"I don't think I've ever looked forward to a season as much as this one. The 2018 WTCR is going to be one of the closest, hardest-fought championships I've ever raced in if the last few years of TCR is anything to go by, with a whole load of guys returning from the WTCC's glory days to compete against.
"I'm also really looking forward to racing with Sébastien Loeb's team. The guys have done a fantastic job preparing the car in pre-season testing. It's a brand-new Golf, which was the car to have last year, and I won my last race with the car in China last October, and I'm hoping that's how we'll start the season, but we know it'll be tough with the drivers that will be there, but that's going to be part of the fun.
"It's going to be great banging doors with Yvan (Muller) and Gabriele (Tarquini) again, as well as racing with friends and team-mates from last year like Jean-Karl Vernay and Gordon Shedden. The level of the championship is like no other, and now with three races per weekend, it's three times the fun, with the first race on Saturday live on the internet so there's no excuse to miss it."
WTCR Race of Morocco timetable
Saturday 7th April
13:00 - Qualifying
17:00 - Race 1 (18 laps)
Live on Eurosport on Facebook
Sunday 8th April
10:30 - Qualifying
16:45 - Race 2 (18 laps)
18:10 - Race 3 (21 laps)
Races live on Eurosport 2
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