World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff is to put his driving skills to the test Down Under this weekend when lining up in the Bathurst 12-hour race.
The 33 year old will get behind the wheel of an Audi RB LMS ultra in his first competitive outing of 2013 after agreeing a deal to drive for the Peter Conroy Motorsport Team.
Sharing driving duties with Huff in the Australian endurance contest will be team boss Conroy and reigning Australian Formula Three champion James Winslow.
“It is great to be considered for this race and it is nice to be wanted outside of the World Touring Car Championship,” said Huff. “A lot of thanks goes to my dad Peter and to Dave Madgwick from BAM Motorpsort for getting the drive set up for me.
“This is the big start to the year for motor racing in Australia and to be involved is really special. I had my first ever race against James and we’ve been mates for a long while.
“Both of our paths have headed in totally different paths so it will be good to catch up with him and race in a team together.”
With no seat secured yet in a championship for 2013, the former Chevrolet star is hoping that this weekend’s venture could open a few doors and potentially lead to offers heading his way.
“I am hoping to try and get some kind of involvement in V8 races and this weekend offers me a great chance to learn the track at Bathurst while giving me the opportunity to meet teams and drivers out there,” said Huff.
“Motor racing in Australia is the third biggest sport in the country and this is a great chance to get myself noticed.”
Despite the Audi R8 LMS ultra being completely different to what the former British Touring Car star has been used to driving in recent years, and the race much longer in duration to many those he has contested, Huff is confident he can make an immediate impact.
“The car is much more powerful compared to the Cruze, with it boasting 550bhp and a V10 engine, it is rear wheel drive and it has a lot more downforce so it will be totally different,” said Huff.
“But at the same time I have driven a lot of different race cars and I have driven in several Britcar 24 hour events so hopefully I can adapt fairly quickly.
“Without sounding big headed, at the end of the day I am a world champion and good things will be expected of me.”
As for his chance of tasting outright glory, Huff believes his team can be up there challenging for race honours.
“There will be plenty of cars on the grid with a lot of top teams out there but the Audi is a world renowned car,” said Huff.
“There are lots of big name drivers both from Australia and Europe taking part and it will be tough and we don’t expect things to be easy, but we still stand a good chance of an outright win.”