Despite the World Touring Car Championship not returning to the streets of Macau this year, the Guia Race’s most successful driver, Rob Huff, will be racing at the former colony this year.
The Englishman has secured a one-off driver with WestCoast Racing to contest the final round of the inaugural TCR International Series, in the hope of adding an unprecedented eighth win at the venue to his impressive tally.
Huff has previously won the Macau Guia races in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (twice), 2013 and 2014.
“Macau’s Circuito da Guia street track is quite simply the most challenging race circuit I’ve ever raced on and my record is strong there,” Huff said.
“I’m really pleased to have been invited by WestCoast Racing and JAS Motorsport to drive their Honda Civic in the TCR International Series finale there and I am confident we will have a competitive package for this truly unique event.”
Huff currently drives for the works LADA Sport Rosneft team in this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship – which ran a pair of support races to the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix each November between 2005 and 2014 – but this year he’ll be in the unfamiliar surrounds of one of WestCoast’s three JAS Motorsport built Honda Civics.
“Rob (Huff) is widely regarded as one of the world’s best touring car drivers and is unquestionably the most successful driver ever to compete in Macau so we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome him to WestCoast Racing for the event, to bolster our existing squad,” added WestCoast Racing Team Manager James Nixon.
The TCR International Series was founded by former WTCC boss Marcello Lotti and is marketing itself as a cost-effective spin-off of the WTCC, targeted at C-category tin-top racing cars. The inaugural championship has attracted a range of car makes and drivers – including the likes of SEAT, Honda, Volkswagen, Audi and Opel – while running as a support category to a number of championships over its first season.
The championship has also spawned a number of regional spin-offs, with individual championships created including the TCR Asia, USA, Benelux, Italian and Portuguese series’.
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