Rob Huff will race a Volkswagen for Sébastien Loeb Racing in the all-new FIA World Touring Car Cup
2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers’ champion Rob Huff will race for front-running touring car team Sébastien Loeb Racing (SLR) in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup this year, competing in a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
The 38-year-old will be back behind the wheel of a Volkswagen, the car with which he became acquainted last year in the 2017 TCR International Series, while he was also racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Huff joins SLR, the team which have won both the drivers’ and teams’ titles in the WTCC’s independents’ classification during the last two seasons.
He’ll pair up with Morocco’s Mehdi Bennani, as the French team field a pair of the TCR championship-winning Golf GTI TCRs in the first season of the brand-new FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Rob Huff said:
“It’s great to join the WTCR, which is run by the same people at Eurosport Events who’ve worked for 13 years in the WTCC; and also, to continue the great relationship I started with Volkswagen last year in TCR.
“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to join Sébastien Loeb’s team. They’ve won the independents’ title for the last two years, and now with no manufacturer entries in WTCR, that’ll put us right at the front.
“My aim this year is absolutely to win the title. I’m very familiar with the circuits as the calendar’s almost a carbon copy of the last few years from the WTCC, so it’s down to quickly getting to work with the team and adapting the TCR car to the WTCC tracks, then delivering the best results.
“Then, ending the year at Macau, my favourite circuit, is absolutely perfect. I took my ninth win there last year, and hopefully this year we’ll be in a position to win the title and also put my Macau victory tally into double figures come November.”