Teamwork and Rob Huff team up for 2019 TCR UK championship challenge
Hong Kong-based touring car squad Teamwork Motorsport and 2012 World Touring Car champion Rob Huff will be pairing up for a new venture, launching Teamwork Huff Motorsport , and will compete in the 2019 TCR UK Touring Car Championship.
The new team will race with a pair of Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs, with the firstdriver already confirmed as current TCR China champion Sunny Wong.
Wong also won the prestigious Macau Touring Car Cup race in the special administrative region of China last year, in addition to securing the TCR China drivers' championship title along with co-driver Alex Hui, then also racing a Volkswagen Golf TCR car.
The team are looking into a number of options in respect of their second driver, with interest received so far from various circles, including a number of drivers with race-winning experience from the UK's British Touring Car Championship.
The TCR UK Touring Car Championship is entering its second year in 2019, and was won by experienced TCR racer Daniel Lloyd last season, and has established itself quickly as a strong feeder series in Europe, with the TCR Europe series a logical progression for most teams and drivers.
Rob Huff, an FIA world champion and also a nine-time winner of the Guia Race of Macau, will be an integral part of the programme as both driver mentor and coach during the course of the season at Teamwork Huff Motorsport, when there aren't clashing commitments with his programme in the FIA World Touring Car Cup.
The group of Teamwork Huff Motorsport's engineering staff will work closely with operational support from race-winning British Touring Car Championship squad Ciceley Motorsport, giving them one of the strongest on-track support and technical expertise in the paddock.
Sunny Wong said:
"I'm really looking forward to racing in the TCR UK championship. It'll be a fantastic challenge to learn and race on some of the iconic circuits in the UK, as well race with a new bunch of competitors in a different style of championship, after two years in TCR China.
"We know the Golf very well, and with Rob on hand and with the technical expertise of Teamwork Motorsport and their technical team this year, I think we have a fantastic opportunity to secure some strong results."
Rob Huff said:
"I've been working with the Teamwork guys for years, and now with Teamwork
Huff Motorsport, it's great to be trying my hand at something else.
"I've spent a lot of time in China with the guys, guiding their progress, and now it'll
be something different to work with them in the UK, and not only work with them on
how to get the best out of the car, but do that at some of the circuits where I grew
"It'll be a great experience, and also to have my name on a race team, working with
some top drivers as we try our best to do well in the TCR UK championship, will be
an exciting and fun new challenge."
Team principal Paul Hui said:
"Teamwork Motorsport has been all about pushing forward, and after successful
spells in TCR Asia, China and Malaysia, and a fantastic 24-hour race debut in the
Dubai 24H 2019 race, we believe the TCR UK championship will give us a fantastic
opportunity to challenge ourselves as a team, and get to know a new series and set
"Sunny has shown incredible pace and race skill, and I'm sure he'll adapt quickly to
the UK circuits. We'll also look to run a second car with another experienced hand,
and set ourselves some aggressive but also realistic targets for our first season in
"Also, with Rob Huff, who we've been working with on our Asia-based programmes
for six years now, now with Teamwork Huff Motorsport, we have one of the UK's
fastest, most knowledgeable drivers on hand to help show our engineers and drivers
the way throughout the season."
David Sonenscher, COO of TCR UK Touring Car Championship said:
“I’m particularly pleased with this announcement as Teamwork Huff Motorsport has the potential to be one of the strongest teams on the TCR UK grid this season.
"I obviously know Teamwork from TCR Asia and TCR Malaysia, and Rob Huff needs no introduction to UK touring car fans.
"Sunny Wong has more than proved himself at the wheel of a TCR car, having regularly won races and playing a key role in securing the TCR China title for Teamwork last year. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up as his teammate in the second car."
Marcello Lotti, CEO of WSC Group, TCR global promoter, said:
“It’s great that a successful team such as Teamwork Motorsport chose TCR UK for its debut season outside of Asia. And we are delighted that Rob Huff is involved in the team's management.
"Rob has always been one of TCR's most enthusiastic supporters since the inception of the concept. And more than that, he’s a good friend of mine. So it is with great pleasure that we welcome him in the TCR family in his new capacity. We wish him to achieve at least the same success with the team as he's having as a driver.”