HUFF SWAPS TO CITROEN FOR WTCC

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World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Rob Huff has moved away from the Honda team for the 2017 sea­son to race a pri­va­teer Citroen C-el­y­see in the cham­pi­onship with the Mun­nich Mo­tor­sport team.

Huff, who clinched the over­all crown with the fac­tory Chevro­let team back in 2012, switched to Honda for last year’s cam­paign af­ter two sea­sons with Lada Sport.

He won the open­ing race of the year at Paul Ri­card, and fin­ished sixth in the cham­pi­onship with a fur­ther five podium fin­ishes to his name.

But, de­spite say­ing his Honda switch had been taken with a view to fight­ing for a sec­ond ti­tle in 2017 with Citroen hav­ing ended its works pro­gramme in the cham­pi­onship, the 37-year-old has com­pleted a move back to Mun­nich Mo­tor­sport. Huff pre­vi­ously drove for the team in 2013.

Huff will han­dle an ex-fac­tory TC1 C-el­y­see this sea­son, the model in which Jose Maria Lopez claimed the last three driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship crowns.

“I’m over­joyed to be re­join­ing my very good friends at Mun­nich Mo­tor­sport,” said Huff.

“Hav­ing had a very suc­cess­ful year in 2013, we are ex­cited to come back to­gether in a much stronger po­si­tion, with more ex­pe­ri­ence and of course with the ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive Citroen pack­age. “When [team owner] Rene Mun­nich ap­proached me with the idea of a Huff-citroen-mun­nich Mo­tor­sport at­tack on the world cham­pi­onship for 2017, it was an op­por­tu­nity that I sim­ply could not pass on. “[It will be] a year where it’s quite pos­si­ble for a pri­vate team to be world cham­pi­ons, and that is our goal.” Huff pre­vi­ously raced a Mun­nich-run Su­per 2000spec SEAT Leon in 2013 af­ter Chevro­let ended its man­u­fac­turer in­volve­ment in the WTCC af­ter Huff ’s 2012 glory.

The team has cam­paigned RMLbuilt Chevro­let Cruzes for the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons, and last year it ran two-time Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pion James Thomp­son for eight of the 11 rounds.

Honda has re­placed Huff with Su­per GT racer and team owner Ryo Michigami, who made a one-off ap­pear­ance in the WTCC at Motegi last year in a fourth fac­tory Civic.

The Ja­panese driver will join Ti­ago Mon­teiro and Nor­bert Miche­lisz at the Honda squad, the pair hav­ing both been re­tained for the 2017 sea­son.

Huff: back at Mun­nich Huff will race the triple ti­tle-win­ning Citroen C-el­y­see

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