Rob Huff keen to try PURE ETCR

Touring Car superstar Rob Huff has spoken of his desire to race in PURE ETCR when the revolutionary new series gets underway later this year.

The 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion who is this year driving a Lestrup Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in TCR Scandinavia, believes the world’s first series marks the way forward for the discipline.

“It’s no doubt the future,” the British driver told TCR World and Life magazine.

“We’ve seen the growth of electric motorsport over the past six to seven years and there’s no doubt it’s an interesting prospect for the future of touring cars.”

Both PURE ETCR and TCR Scandinavia will feature on the event programme for the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix on August 1-2, which Huff believes is a perfect opportunity to sample the all-new machinery.

“I’d really like to drive one; having that kind of power in a rear-wheel drive car is exactly what touring cars have been missing,” he added.

“I’d be really excited about the chance to jump into one – and who knows, when the new PURE ETCR series coincides with my race in Copenhagen this year, maybe that’ll be a good opportunity.”

In addition to his touring car success, which includes 31 race wins at world level plus victories in British, Chinese and US racing, the British driver has achieved podium finishes at the Daytona and Dubai 24-hours in high-powered sportscars.

He believes his versatility, plus that of some of his more recent top-level rivals, means adapting to the 500kW, single-gear powerplants, equivalent to 680bhp.

The former Chevrolet, LADA and Honda factory driver pointed to the examples of a number of rivals who have proved their abilities in other forms of motorsport as evidence of this.

“The cars are ultra-powerful and rear-wheel drive, so they’re quite different to the current touring cars,” Huff added.

“A lot of people seem to think a front-wheel drive touring car driver can only do that, but luckily we have people like Nicky Catsburg and Augusto Farfus proving everyone wrong about that.”

The first official round of PURE ETCR – the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car championship  takes place at Austria’s Salzbürgring on July 24-26.

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