Rob Huff is set for a new chapter in his FIA World Touring Car Championship career after signing a deal with factory Honda Racing, writes Sam Murley.
This followed a two-season stint with LADA, during which he gave the Russian manufacturer its first WTCC wins in 2014 before a mixed campaign last year saw the 36-year-old Newmarket ace finish 10th overall in the standings, with LADA finishing third, 345 points behind Honda and 693 behind eventual constructors’ champions, Citroen.
His new venture will see Huff pilot one of three TC1-specification Honda Civics alongside fellow WTCC stalwarts, Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz. And the 2012 world champion is confident his partnership with the Japanese manufacturer will prove a lucrative one.
“Over the past couple of seasons I’ve become very used to seeing the Civic WTCCs in front of me, so it’s terrific to have the chance to race one this year,” said Huff, who has amassed no fewer than 27 race victories, 77 podium finishes and 11 pole positions since his debut in 2005.
“I won’t be happy to finish my career as only a one-time world champion, and there’s a tremendous opportunity with Honda and JAS to correct that statistic.”
“I raced Civic at Macau last year and it was a very well-built and fast machine, so that gives me plenty of confidence that we’ll have a strong season. I can’t wait to start testing,” he added.