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Rob Huff bows out of WTCR title race after withdrawing from Middle East races

Rob Huff has announced that he will not take part in the final rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Cup, starting with this weekend’s races in Bahrain.

Huff, currently third overall in the drivers’ standings and mathematically still in with a chance of the overall title, will not race on the Bahrain International Circuit.

The Brit has cited ‘ongoing difficulties’ with Zengő Motorsport, which has struggled for backing in 2022 and has notably raced devoid of many sponsors.

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It means a premature end to Huff’s season, after he has already claimed the WTCR Trophy honours for independent drivers, two victories and five podium finishes out of the 12 races held so far.

“It is with great disappointment that I share with you all my decision to withdraw from the Bahrain FIA WTCR event next weekend,” said a statement from Huff.

“This has not been an easy decision for me to make, after what has been such an incredible season, currently sitting third in the standings and winning the Independents Trophy.

“However due to ongoing difficulties within the Zengő Motorsport team, it is the only option.

“As a team, we do not have the resources we need to run the car this weekend, and sadly I, along with my engineer and team of mechanics, haven’t been given the opportunity to prepare for what will be one of the most important weekends of the year.

“With this in mind, I have had no other option but to withdraw.

“I am extremely disappointed not to be there fighting for the world title and anybody that knows me will know, we exhausted every option before arriving here.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved at Zengő Motorsport this year, especially my mechanics and engineers for their hard work.

“I am extremely disappointed that this decision has had to be made.

“Good luck to all teams competing in the last two rounds of the year and I hope to see you in the paddock in 2023!”

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