After signing-up experienced touring car drivers, Alain Menu, 41, and Nicola Larini, 40, Chevrolet has signed up the young British driver Robert Huff, 25, to race the third Chevrolet Lacetti in next year’s World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
Huff, known as Rob to everyone in racing, has already spent a number of years in motorsport, driving touring as well as single seater cars. In 2003, he was champion in the British Cupra Cup, winning the rounds at Croft, Oulton Park, and Thruxton. In 2004, he competed in the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) for Ray Mallock Ltd and scored two outright wins. "I am extremely happy to have Alain and Nicola as team mates in 2005," says Huff. "I am sure I can pick up some new tricks from them."
Prepared by Ray Mallock Ltd (RML), Chevrolet will enter three racing Lacettis in the new WTCC that succeeds the ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) in 2005. Eric Nève, Manager, Motorsports for Chevrolet Europe, said: "I am very optimistic that we have found the right mixture of experience and youth. As GM’s biggest international brand, it was also important to us to have a good mix of nationalities."
The schedule for the WTCC includes Italy (Monza, April 10), France (Magny-Cours, May 1) UK (Silverstone, May 15), Italy (Imola, May 29), Mexico (June 26), Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps, July 30), Germany (Oschersleben, August 28), Turkey (Istanbul, September 18), and Spain (Valencia, October 2). The season’s final race is planned for the People’s Republic of China, to be staged in the streets of Macau on November 20.Published 7 December 2004