WTCC » 29 January 2014
Huff adds Bathurst to 2014 schedule
Former WTCC champion Rob Huff will head a strong Rotek Racing squad in next month's Bathurst 12 Hours, looking to add to recent enduro success in the US and Dubai.
Rob Huff will add to his globe-trotting schedule with an appearance at next month's Bathurst 12 Hours after being included in Rotek Racing's all-star driver line-up for the Australian event.
The former WTCC champion, who has already revealed that he will supplement his touring car deal with Lada with outings in the new TUSC sportscar series in 2014, will join GT ace Oliver Gavin, Kevin Gleason and Richard Meins in Nurburgring and Sonoma-based Rotek's Audi R8 LMS for the twelve-hour enduro.
Huff is no stranger to the demanding Mount Panorama course, having made his Bathurst debut in 2013, but heads back 'down under' after a recent run of success in endurance racing, having played a crucial role in Rotek's 25 Hours of Thunderhill success in December and taken podium finishes in both the Dubai and Daytona 24 Hour enduros this month.
“Bathurst is always a highlight for me,” the Briton said, “I raced there last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself, both on and off the track. The Mount Panorama circuit is legendary and completely unique – the run over the mountain is a hair-raising experience that's full of unconventional corners and blind crests and bookended by a couple of long straights – while the Bathurst 12 Hours is growing year-on-year.
“It's exciting to be linking up with Rotek Racing once again, following the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill success in December. I'm familiar with the Audi R8 LMS after racing one at Bathurst in 2013 and the team's driver line-up is strong, so I'm naturally hoping to replicate the Thunderhill result. I seem to be on a bit of a roll in endurance racing, so let's hope this winning streak continues in Australia!”
Four-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and American Le Mans champion Gavin, meanwhile, has yet to visit Bathurst despite having over a dozen years of sportscar racing experience.
“This will be my very first time at Mount Panorama and it's very exciting to have the opportunity to compete in the Bathurst 12 Hours with Rotek Racing,” the long-time Corvette exponent said, “It's a race that's growing in stature and it's certainly going to be a challenge. Any Australia motorsport aficionado will say that Bathurst is very unique and a circuit that cannot be replicated, in the same way as Le Mans, Macau, the Nurburgring and Spa.
“I think you need to spend quite a lot of time there to get somewhere close to being competitive and getting used to the circuit's high-speed sections and the closeness of the walls is going to be one of the biggest challenges for me. However, we have a solid driver line-up and the plan is to push for the class victory. We will have a good, fast and solid package that's capable of fighting with anybody.”
Gleason returns to the Rotek fold after helping the team to the top step of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill podium late last year, while Meins recently swapped his previous touring, historic and endurance experience for international motorsport's 'special events'. The Briton is well acquainted with Mount Panorama, having already contested the Bathurst 12 Hours on three occasions.
The Bathurst 12 Hours takes place over the weekend of 7-9 February.
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