Huff has only ever competed in one whole season in the BTCC
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Power Maxed Racing have announced that 2012 WTCC champion Rob Huff will deputies for the sidelined Tom Chilton this weekend at Silverstone in the manufacture backed Vauxhall Astra. The news comes after Chilton was forced to sit out the penultimate round of the season following an operation on his gallbladder, with doctors advising he steers clear of racing for four weeks.
Huff is no stranger to the BTCC though having last raced in the series in 2004 for SEAT Sport, after he won the drive as a prize for being crowned 2003 SEAT Cupra Cup champion. Since his one and only season in the BTCC, Huff has gone onto compete in the World Touring Car Championship for a number of manufacturers including Honda, Lada and Chevrolet, for whom he won the championship with in 2012. 2017 sees Huff continue in the WTCC in a Citroen C-Elysee with Munnich Motorsport.
Speaking ahead of his return to the series Huff said: ““It’s great to be back in the BTCC, my home championship, and to race in a factory team with Power Maxed Racing.” He continued to say, ““I’ve no real expectations this weekend, I’ve never driven the car or even an NGTC before, but I’ve driven TC1, S2000, Chinese, GT, TCR and all sorts just this year alone, so hopefully I’ll be able to get the hang of it quickly and score some good results for the team.”
“Although I’m battling with Tom for the independents’ title in the WTCC, where we’re currently jointly in the lead, we’re good mates away from the track and he wanted someone behind the wheel this weekend who he could trust to do a good job now that the car is starting to come on strong. I also hope Tom gets well soon so he can be back behind the wheel for Brands Hatch, then I’ll see him a few weeks later so we can race together again in the WTCC.
“I’ve been looking for the opportunity to race in the BTCC for a while. I’ll aim to make the most of it and look forward to racing a touring car in front of my home fans for the first time in six years, and hopefully enjoying some British sunshine at the same time.”