Former World Touring Car Champion, and Silverstone stand-in, Rob Huff says that he is not ruling out a full time return to the British Touring Car Championship, but says if he were to consider a return, it would have to be a team with factory backing. Huff, 37, competed in the BTCC in 2004 for Seat, alongside double champion and record holder for most victories in BTCC history, Jason Plato. After one season in BTCC, Huff would move to WTCC, with Chevrolet from 2005 until 2012, winning the championship in his final season with the team. He would then move on to Munnich Motorsport’s Seat in 2013, and Lada Sport for 2014 and 2015. He would then spend 201 with the Castrol Honda Team, and then moving back to Munnich Motorsport for the current 2017 season, now driving a Citroen.
Huff returned to the BTCC at Silverstone as a stand-in for fellow WTCC driver, Tom Chilton, who had to sit out of the weekend on doctor’s orders, after an operation. Huff improved throughout the weekend, starting off with qualifying a lowly 28th, finishing 16th in race 1, then 8th in race 2, which would put him on the front row for race 3, after number 9 was the number drawn out, putting Dave Newsham’s Chevrolet on pole. Huff would lead most of race three, although eventually losing the lead to Matt Neal, he would finish 2nd position. After an impressive and joyou return to the championship for Huff, the question was undoubtedly asked about a potential full time return. Huff responded in the following way:
“The bottom line is I’ve made a career out of racing cars, and to do that, you have to be paid. I’m probably right in saying nobody’s being paid here to race by a team or a manufacturer.”
“If you bring the sponsorship then of course you can pay yourself. I’ve never been in a position where I’m capable of doing that. Although I’ve got loyal sponsors, they’re not budget sponsors. They want to be involved with me and the name and the brand.”
“If manufacturers start coming back to British Touring Cars then hell yeah, I’d love to come back.”
So the simple answer from “Huffy”, is that if he was going to return, he would need a manufacturer drive. And these are very scarce in the current BTCC, with only 4 team backed by manufacturers, being Team BMR (Subaru), Team BMW, Power Maxed (Vauxhall, who Huff drove for as the stand in) and Team Dynamics (Honda).