After topping the Chevrolet challenge in the World Touring Car Championship last season, Rob Huff will target a strong start to the 2009 campaign as the season kicks-off next weekend in Brazil.
Huff endured a tough start to the 2008 season with the events in Brazil and Mexico proving difficult for the entire Chevrolet contingent, but the Briton and team-mates Nicola Larini and Alain Menu will have a new challenger for the new season as the Cruze makes its race debut at Curitiba.
The car, which replaces the Lacetti, has already undergone extensive testing over the winter after being launched at the Bologna motor show and Huff admitted that he was confident the car would be competitive when the on-track action kicks off.
“I am looking forward to be racing again,” he said. “We know it is going to be a tough start, as we go to Curitiba with a brand new car, which is still fairly unknown to us. Our winter tests have been disturbed by the poor weather conditions, and more time would have been welcome to consolidate all the data. Still, the new Cruze looks fantastic and I am sure it will be competitive, although as always the competition this year is going to be high as ever.”
Huff added that solid points from the first two rounds of the year were the aim to try and build a title challenge with his focus firmly on improving on his third place finish last season.
“The objective for the first two races in South America is to come out with some good points,” he said. “Qualifying in the top ten and keeping consistency will be crucial in 2009. With regard to my personal goals for this year, I would like to continue progressing, as I have done season after season. The third place in last year's championship was a great achievement, I want to build on that and I know we can have higher ambitions.”