HUFF JOINS HONDA IN WTCC SHAKE-UP

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For­mer World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Rob Huff will switch to Honda for this sea­son, af­ter leav­ing Lada.

The 36-year-old Bri­ton spent two years with the Rus­sian man­u­fac­turer, fin­ish­ing 10th in the stand­ings each year.

He won the ti­tle with Chevro­let in 2012, af­ter spend­ing eight sea­sons with the team, and will now join for­mer For­mula 1 driver Ti­ago Mon­teiro and Nor­bert Miche­lisz in an ex­panded three-car works Honda line-up.

Huff re­places 2009 cham­pion Gabriele Tar­quini in the team, de­spite the Ital­ian fin­ish­ing two places higher in the stand­ings than Mon­teiro.

Huff first sam­pled a Honda Civic in Ma­cau last year when he con­tested the TCR sea­son fi­nale.

“Over the past few sea­sons, I’ve be­come very used to see­ing the Civic WTCCS in front of me, so it’s ter­rific to have the chance to race one this year,” Huff said.

“I won’t be happy to fin­ish my ca­reer as only a one-time world cham­pion, and there’s a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity with Honda and JAS to cor­rect that statis­tic.

“I raced a Jas-built Civic TCR at Ma­cau last year and it was a very well-built and fast ma­chine, so that gives me plenty of con­fi­dence that we’ll have a strong sea­son. I can’t wait to start test­ing.”

Huff had pre­vi­ously said that Citroen’s dom­i­nance of the cat­e­gory in re­cent years has been detri­men­tal to the se­ries but added that Volvo join­ing the cham­pi­onship for 2016 should help make a more ex­cit­ing bat­tle be­hind the Citroens.

“As much as we needed Citroen to come, we need them to leave [2016 will be Citroen’s fi­nal year] be­cause they’re just too strong for any­one and the prob­lem is that ul­ti­mately they have done the most amaz­ing job,” he said last month.

Huff has left Lada Sport to join Honda for the 2016 WTCC cam­paign

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