Reigning World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff is going back to his touring car roots by switching to SEAT power as he seeks to defend his championship title in 2013.
The Englishman has been confirmed in a shock announcement as part of the new Münnich Motorsport team for the upcoming season, where he will pilot one of the team’s three SEAT León WTCCs over the 24-race season.
The 33-year-old will serve as team-mates to team owner/driver René Münnich and former GT champion Marc Basseng. The team’s previously announced third driver, one-time Grand Prix racer Markus Winkelhock, has elected to leave the team, thereby creating the vacancy for Huff.
Huff’s future in the championship was left in serious doubt after Chevrolet announced it was withdrawing its manufacturer support at the end of the 2012 season.
Huff had been part of the Chevrolet works squad for the last eight years, but the move to SEAT marks a homecoming to the very manufacturer with whom he claimed his first touring car title, the 2003 SEAT Cupra Championship.
“I started my saloon car career racing in a SEAT, so it will be quite special to compete in the WTCC with the Leon and a team that carries the highest amount of professionalism. I’m very thankful for the opportunity that I have been given and I look forward to building on this this relationship," Huff said.