Rob Huff targets his second world title in the 2017 WTCC
Rob Huff heads into the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season with his best chance of winning the title since his championship winning year, driving the same car this season that won the last three championships, the Citroën C-Elysée.
After just three short pre-season tests in Spain, Italy and Hungary, the 2012 drivers’ champion heads to Marrakech in Morocco as the sole driver with his new team, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, and is now equipped with the same car which has claimed an incredible 50 victories from the last 69 races.
Huff expects to compete right at the front, racing for the same top-flight independent German team which won the last FIA World GT Championship five years ago.
Rob Huff said:
“I love this team.“I worked with them in 2013 and I’ve stayed in contact with (team principal) René Münnich over the years, and it is thanks to him we’re here.
“We’re a family spirited team, and I’ve always said this team is by far the most professional private team I’ve ever worked with. They understand the car very well, and Citroën have also helped a lot.”
Huff goes into the season with great expectations after a stunning performance last week at the official season launch event at the iconic Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit in Italy. There, he was nearly a second faster than any of his rivals during the two days, topping every single session.
There’s just one goal for the BRDC Gold Star winner this season – to win the drivers’ championship with the Saxony-based team.
Rob Huff added:
“I want to win it. I want to win it for René and the boys, and I think we have a very good chance. That’s the only reason we’re doing it, to upset the works teams, but I think it’s for the works teams to lose it.”
“We don’t have any pressure. The only pressure we have is what we put on ourselves, and what it means for our team to win is different to what it means for the works teams. The expectation to win from Volvo and Honda is high, while whatever we do here will just bring happiness, and I’m very happy to be in a one-car team with the guys I’ve got.”
The season begins at the street circuit in Marrakech, Morocco, where Huff claimed his second win of the season last year in the rain.
The 2017 World Touring Car Championship then goes on to visit Monza, then the Hungaroring, where Huff took ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s first victory back in 2013 in his first year as a privateer.
Then the championship heads to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the Citroën has never been beaten, before the sensational Vila Real street circuit in Portugal, which closes off the European leg of the championship.
The WTCC then heads to Argentina, where Huff took Lada’s first podium result back in 2014, before going to a brand-new circuit in October, the Ningbo circuit in China, when Huff will be on double-duty; racing for the factory Volkswagen team in the China Touring Car Championship in addition to his normal duties with the Münnich squad.
Huff will then race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, before the WTCC makes its return to the famous Circuito da Guia in Macau, where he’ll be looking to extend his record tally of victories at the Guia Race to at least nine wins.
The season will then end under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, where Huff will aim to secure his second FIA world drivers’ championship title.
The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar
April 9th – Marrakech, Morocco
April 30th – Monza, Italy
May 14th- Budapest, Hungary
May 27th – Nürburgring, Germany
June 25th – Vila Real, Portugal
July 16th – Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina
October 15th – Ningbo, China
October 29th – Motegi, Japan
November 19th – Macau, China
December 1st – Losail, Qatar