Rob Huff calls time on 2022 WTCR programme

Rob Huff has announced that he will not compete in the penultimate meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Cup this weekend in Bahrain, or the season finale in Saudi Arabia, as a result of ‘ongoing difficulties within the Zengo Motorsport team’.

The Briton had moved up to third in the championship standings having taken his Cupra León Competición TCR to a second victory of the season last time out at the Anneau du Rhin circuit in France, with the former WTCC title winner having also taken to the top step of the podium at Vila Real back in July.

Huff also topped the WTCR Trophy ahead of Mehdi Bennani but has now revealed the decision to call time on his programme two rounds early having been left with ‘no other option’ due to a lack of resources required to run his car.

“It is with great disappointment that I share with you all my decision to withdraw from the Bahrain FIA WTCR event next weekend,” he said.

“This has not been an easy decision for me to make, after what has been such an incredible season, currently sitting P3 in the standings and winning the Independents Trophy. However due to ongoing difficulties within the Zengo Motorsport team, it is the only option.

“As a team, we do not have the resources we need to run the car this weekend and sadly, I – along with my engineer and team of mechanics – haven’t been given the opportunity to prepare for what will be one of the most important weekends of the year and with this in mind, I have had no other option but to withdraw.

“I am extremely disappointed not to be there fighting for the World Title and anybody that knows me will know, we exhausted every option before arriving here.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved at Zengo Motorsport this year, especially my mechanics and engineers for their hard work. I am extremely disappointed that this decision has had to be made.

“Good luck to all teams competing in the last two rounds of the year and I hope to see you in the paddock in 2023!”

Bence Boldizs – who raced for Zengo in both 2020 and 2021 – will replace Huff at the wheel of the Cupra.