Honda Racing Announces Revitalised Team for 2016 World Touring Car Championship
2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion, Rob Huff, joins the side, along with existing driver, Tiego Monteiro, and new member Norbert Michelisz, the current Yokohama trophy holder.
British talent, Rob Huff, 36, has been a force to be reckoned with in the WTCC since his debut in 2005. Alongside his championship win in 2012, he has achieved 27 WTCC wins, 77 podium finishes and 11 pole positions, earning him second place on the all-time winners’ list.
Rob Huff has also taken first place eight times in the extremely prestigious Macau Guia Race, making him the most successful driver in the race’s history. Huff states: “I won’t be happy to finish my career as a one-time World Champion, and there’s tremendous opportunity with Honda and JAS to correct that statistic.”
Huff’s teammate, Portugal’s Tiago Monteiro, 39, finished fifth in the championship last year, with a win for Honda on home turf in Japan. Monteiro has revealed his pleasure to be remaining with the team, saying: “…everyone has been working extremely hard over the winter to make the car even faster. This gives me a great amount of confidence that we can have a really good year, despite the incredibly high level of competition in the championship.”
Nobert Michelisz, the youngest at 31, will be the third teammate. He is Hungary’s biggest motorsport star and has been racing a Civic in the past three WTCCs with Zengo Motorsport.
Michelisz won the Yokohama Trophy for independent drivers in 2015, after driving the Civic WTCC to victory over the factory squads not once but twice – including a hard-fought win at the Hungaroring. Michelisz is thrilled to be able to continue his relationship with Honda: “I’m very grateful and hope I can repay the faith Honda have shown in me this year.”