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Rob Huff bows out of the 2020 WTCR FIA World Touring Car Cup

Newmarket's Rob Huff has confirmed that he will not be a part of the WTCR grid for the 2020 season.

The 40-year-old former champion, who holds the record of most World Touring Car races started (350), took the decision after Volkswagen opted to shut down their WTCR programme.

Instead, Huff will explore other avenues, some of which will see him continue to race in the Far East.

Rob Huff (29697158)
Rob Huff (29697158)

Huff said: "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.

“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 against two incredibly tough team-mates in Alain Menu and Yvan Muller.

“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.

“I’m now definitely up for some new challenges, and it’s a good time to regroup and start working on some other things. 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.

“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."