Briton Rob Huff has signed to race for Starworks Motorsport in selected rounds of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Huff the 2012 WTCC champion returned to the endurance racing scene in December, helping Rotek Racing to an emphatic win in the 2013 25 Hours of Thunderhill in California. Now the Briton is set to return to American shores to pilot a Starworks ORECA FML09 LMPC car in selected rounds of the inaugural TUDOR Championship as part of a driver lineup that will also feature British GP2 Series runner-up Sam Bird.
The OCC LASIK-backed driver is set to join the squad for the “Roar Before the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona” test (Jan. 3-5). The three-day event will serve as a precursor to the 24-hour enduro at Daytona International Speedway (Jan. 25-26), the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15 and additional races at Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans later in the year.
The campaign will add to a packed and wide-ranging 2014 program for Huff that encompasses a full-time FIA World Touring Car Championship campaign with LADA Sport LUKOIL.
The 2012 WTCC champion has been eager to develop a career in sprint and endurance sports cars alongside his WTCC commitments, having been inspired by his recent success in the 2013 25 Hours of Thunderhill and additional outings at Bathurst in Australia.
“It’s really exciting to be joining Starworks Motorsport for its 2014 TUDOR USCC campaign and I believe prototype sports cars will compliment my full-time efforts in the FIA WTCC perfectly,” Huff said. “I’m looking forward to pitting myself against such a vast mix of world-renowned drivers from the highest echelons of single-seater and sports car racing it will provide me with a real benchmark for my own performances and it will be particularly as part of the newly unified Grand-Am and American Le Mans championships, which has massive potential.”
Starworks team owner Peter Barron added: “I’ve been following Rob’s racing, especially since he beat Ryan (Dalziel) to the prestigious BRDC Gold Star award in 2012! He is a proven winner, a world champion no less, so to have him with us in 2014 is great news. I also love to bring new talent to USA sports car racing and am eager to share our passion for it at Starworks. We’re excited to welcome Rob to the team at the ‘Roar’ this week — he joins at an exciting time; the start of the new united series and a new era of sportscar racing in America.”