Rob Huff to race for MG in Macau
Rob Huff will take part in the 2020 Macau Guia Race, chasing a tenth win at the famous street circuit in the Chinese Special Administrative Region - racing for one of the latest manufacturers in TCR competition - the MG XPOWER team.
Rob Huff, the 2012 world champion, and now recently crowned Scandinavian champion, will switch to the MG 6 XPOWER TCR for the spectacular touring car race around the streets of Macau, a race which he's won a record nine times.
Huff's last win in Macau came in 2017, the final year of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and despite being able to pull season's best qualifying performances from his TCR specification Volkswagen in 2018-2019, as only Huff knows how around Macau, that tenth win has eluded him so far.
This year, due to the travel limitations in place due the coronavirus, the Guia Race is not a part of any international touring car series calendar for the first time since 2004. Instead, it's positioned as a partial standalone event, but also within it shall be the final round of the TCR China Touring Car Championship, which MG as a manufacturer and the MG XPOWER team are in hot contention for.
Two weeks isolation to participate
Macau has been on strict lockdown since the start of the year, with special exceptions being put in place to allow the prestigious Grand Prix event to take place.
Due to international travel restrictions, the Formula 3, GT Cup, and WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup events at the track have long been cancelled.
So instead, the single-seater race will still take place, using Formula 4 cars from the Chinese championship. There will be a local race for GT cars; and the 49th edition of the Guia Race for touring cars will also take place, with the bulk of the entry coming from the TCR China championship and the TCR Asia series.
However, in order to take part, all team members, drivers, and officials coming from outside Macau are required to isolate on arrival in a hotel room for 14 days. That includes those making the short hop across from Hong Kong or mainland China.
This means Huff, now already in Macau, will be waiting it out in a hotel room for two weeks before he's able to head out to the circuit and drive his new MG 6 XPOWER TCR for the first time.
Rob Huff said:
"It's been quite a year. I'm very lucky to be able to take part in this year's Macau Guia Race, and it's great to be racing with the MG XPOWER team - a lot of the team I know from my time in the CTCC over these last few years.
"I've not been able to head out to China all year due to the restrictions, so it's going to be a nice way to cap off the year after winning the STCC title in Sweden, and now going out to have another shot at winning my tenth race in Macau.
"We've come close in the last two years with Volkswagen, but with the MG 6, which has been really strong in its first full season competing in the TCR China championship, I think we've got a very good chance, although it's not going to be easy.
"This is a new car for me, I've never driven the MG 6 TCR car before; although that was the plan originally this year - so the first time I'll have ever driven it, will be around the streets of Macau in the first practice session, which will be an exciting way to be introduced. I have been involved in the development of the car, and know it's got great potential.
"In the race this year we'll have some pretty tough competition. Just because there won't be many of the guys from the world championship this time, there are many super-fast local racers taking part as well, and they have a championship to fight for, while my objective is simple, to win again at Macau."