The Motor Sports Association (MSA) congratulates British driver Rob Huff on his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship title, sealed in the final round of the year at Macau this weekend (16-18 November).
Huff recovered from a crash in race one to take second place and the title in race two on Sunday, having achieved five race wins throughout the season. His success also contributed to a third consecutive WTCC Manufacturers’ title for Chevrolet, whose programme is run by the Northamptonshire-based RML Motorsport.
Huff said: “I’m delighted to be able to take the world championship title back to the UK in a year that’s been so successful for British sport.”
There was further British success in Formula 1 on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton winning the United States Grand Prix at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where the Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing won its third Constructors’ title in a row.
Those triumphs came a week after 18-year-old Henry Easthope became the third consecutive Briton to claim the CIK-FIA U18 Karting World Championship, following Matthew Graham (2011) and Jake Dennis (2010).
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Rob has been edging ever closer to the mantle of World Champion since first entering the WTCC back in 2005 and we are delighted to see him crowned for the first time. Furthermore, his success means that British drivers have now won four of the eight WTCC titles since the championship was revived, with Andy Priaulx having collected three in a row from 2005 to 2007.
“We also congratulate Ray Mallock’s RML Motorsport, which has delivered yet another world title for Chevrolet. And with Lewis winning the USGP in Texas, the UK-based Red Bull team taking its third consecutive F1 title, and Henry Easthope becoming the latest Briton to win a CIK-FIA world title, this is a particularly special time for British motor sport.”
19 November 2012