Rob Huff, one of the FIA World Touring Car Cup’s drawcard drivers, will not be on the series’ grid in 2020. The Englishman’s announcement comes in the wake of Sébastien Loeb Racing and Volkswagen confirming their respective exits from the series.

Huff has been a mainstay of the WTCR and its World Touring Car Championship forebear since the category’s rebirth in 2005. He has competed in 350 races across both championships, claiming 31 race wins (a record nine of which came on the streets of Macau alone), and won the 2012 WTCC crown.

“I’m proud to have had this long career in world touring cars, and to have driven in 350 races feels incredible; it really doesn’t feel like it’s been that many,” Huff said, reflecting on his career achievements.

“I remember my first win at Brno in 2006 like it was yesterday; but the years that followed were amazing. I had a fantastic time with Chevrolet, winning the 2012 title for them against two incredibly tough teammates in Alain Menu and Yvan Muller.

Huff is the outright lap record-holder at Macau in a front-wheel-drive touring car, a venue where he won an unprecedented nine times.

“Then picking up lap records and wins at Macau in a Lada was an altogether different challenge – and I’ll have the all-time front-wheel drive lap record at Macau for some time after what we did with that Citroën in 2017.

“For the last two years, Sébastien Loeb Racing and Volkswagen has been my home, and we’ve had a great time together through some ups and downs – to get that pole position at Macau three months ago was incredible given the competition we had to put up with.”

Huff will still spend 2020 behind the wheel, splitting his time as an owner/driver in the Chinese TCR series and hopefully contesting some GT and historic racing as his schedule permits.

“My immediate focus is on my race team in China; I’ll also do some races over there myself, while also coaching and developing new talent,” he explained.

“And then something I wasn’t able to do much of last year was much historic racing, which is something I really love, and also maybe get back into some more sports car and GT racing now I have a little more time on my hands.

“It’s been a great chapter in my career, and I’m sure there’s probably plenty more touring car races in my future, but for now I’m really looking forward to a new start for 2020.

“I’d like to thank the many people who have been a part of my World Touring Car journey. There are far too many to thank, but without the support of my family and friends, all this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Rob Huff, RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T - 2012 FIA WTCC Race of China

Huff won the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship title, Chevrolet’s last as a manufacturer outfit.

Francois Ribeiro, head of Eurosport Events, the WTCR promoter, paid tribute to Huff’s achievements.

“Rob is part of the WTCR family and will always remain so,” he said.

“For 15 years he has been a fierce and highly accomplished racer on track and a great ambassador off it. We wish him every success in 2020 and we look forward to seeing him back in the future, hopefully behind the wheel on the WTCR grid.”

Year Result
2003 SEAT Cupra Championship, 10 races, 2 wins, 7 podiums, 1st overall
2004 British Touring Car Championship, SEAT Sport UK Toledo Cupra, 30 races, 2 wins, 7th overall
Year Result
2005 RML Chevrolet Lacetti, 19 races, 3 points, 21st overall
2006 RML Chevrolet Lacetti, 19 races, 1 win, 20 points, 16th overall
2007 RML Chevrolet Lacetti, 22 races, 1 win, 4 podiums, 57 points, 9th overall
2008 RML Chevrolet Lacetti, 24 races, 2 wins, 6 podiums, 87 points, 3rd overall
2009 RML Chevrolet Cruze LT, 24 races, 3 wins, 8 podiums, 80 points, 5th overall
2010 RML Chevrolet Cruze LT, 22 races, 3 wins, 12 podiums, 276 points, 3rd overall
2011 RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, 24 races, 8 wins, 18 podiums, 430 points, 2nd overall
2012 RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, 24 races, 5 wins, 17 podiums, 413 points, World Champion
2013 Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC, 24 races, 2 wins, 5 podiums, 215 points, 4th overall
2014 Lada Sport Lukoil Granta 1.6T, 23 races, 2 wins, 3 podiums, 93 points, 10th overall
2015 Lada Sport Rosneft Vesta WTCC, 23 races, 2 podiums, 103 points, 10th overall
2016 Castrol Honda Civic WTCC, 22 races, 1 win, 6 podiums, 199 points, 6th overall
2017 Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée, 20 races, 1 win, 7 podiums, 215 points, 7th overall
Active Races Non-Starts Wins Podiums Poles FLs Points DNFs
2005-17 248 3 27 77 11 25 1,777 40
Season Result
2018 Sébastien Loeb Racing VW Golf GTI, 28 races, 2 wins, 8 podiums, 242 points, 8th overall
2019 SLR VW Motorsport Golf GTI, 29 races, 2 podiums, 211 points, 11th overall
Active Races Non-Starts Wins Podiums Poles FLs Points DNFs
2018-19 57 3 2 10 5 4 453 8

Images via FIA WTCR Media

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