Rob Huff: ‘Things are looking good for world championship racing in 2018’

Rob Huff says that ‘things are looking good’ for him to remain in the touring car world championship in 2018, even though the exact format of the championship has yet to be revealed.

Huff combined racing in the World Touring Car Championship with outings in the TCR International Series, China Touring Car Championship and the British Touring Car Championship in 2017.

The Brit is already expecting to be doing some of those championship again in 2018 – even though it is not yet clear what format the WTCC will take, with it being widely reported that a deal has been struck to take on TCR specification cars next year.

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“I’m already working on programmes for next year,” said Huff. “The first historic Classic Le Mans, and the Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting in Paul Newman’s 89 Spice.

“Things are looking good for me to be racing in the world championship again next year with the way it’s going, and I’m also looking at options in the British Touring Car Championship, and will most certainly be involved in the China championship again as well.”

Having finished just seventh overall in the 2017 WTCC, with just one win to his name in Macau, Huff admits that it has been a year of ‘ifs’ after he was widely tipped to be a title contender in the previously dominant Citroën C-Elysée.

“On reflection, this has been a season of what could have been,” said the Münnich Motorsport driver. “We weren’t ultimately in a position to win it, but on paper we should have done a lot better than we have.

“In five rounds, we’ve had problems, either by me, the team, or just bad luck, and somehow we’ve still managed to be here with a chance of winning something with the independents’ title just in reach.

“A huge thanks to the team, all the boys and to the boss, René Münnich. It’s a shame we don’t get to do it again next year with these cars, because we’ve learned so much with this car throughout the year.

“On the whole, we’ve finished on a high with a win in Macau, and a second here. My ninth victory in Macau was obviously the highlight of the season, and a front-wheel drive lap record that might never be broken, at least any time soon.”

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