– Sébastien Loeb Racing competing with two of the 257 kW (350 HP) touring car racers
– Quality not quantity: Robert Huff and Mehdi Bennani form the Volkswagen spearhead
– Golf GTI TCR key to consecutive championship successes in the world’s top TCR series
The start of the top class for touring car racing: this coming weekend, Volkswagen is taking some stellar references to the start of the debut season in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR). After two consecutive titles in the top international TCR series – the TCR International championship, which has now joined with the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) – the Volkswagen customer team Sébastien Loeb Racing is now the brand spearhead with two Golf GTI TCRs. Robert Huff (GB) and Mehdi Bennani (MA) will be competing in the customer racing touring cars. The 2018 version of the thoroughbred 257 kW (350 HP) racing car has a great opportunity to continue that success story in the newly-created FIA World Cup. The series-oriented touring car, developed by Volkswagen Motorsport and competing for customer teams in an ever-increasing number of international TCR series since 2015, boasts a total of 18 international and domestic titles. The 100th Golf GTI TCR was only recently delivered.
« The FIA World Cup is the international pinnacle of the touring car pyramid and is the object of prestige among around 20 TCR series, » says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. « We are approaching the season with our customer team Sébastien Loeb Racing and we are delighted that such an experienced and successful team has chosen the Golf GTI TCR. We and Sébastien Loeb Racing are competing with two cars and top-class drivers. »
Sébastien Loeb Racing will be calling on the services of a driver already experienced with the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, 2012 world touring car champion Robert Huff from Cambridge, Great Britain. They will also be relying on Mehdi Bennani from Fez, Morocco, who topped the world touring car championship standings for privateers in 2016.
« Having so many manufacturers on the grid means that the WTCR will be a great show, » predicts Rob Huff ahead of the 2018 season. « And I am proud to be sporting the colours of Volkswagen. We want the title, even though we are well aware of the competition and of how hard-fought the championship will be. »
“Many things are new in 2018: the cars, the series is now called WTCR and not WTCC. But I have the chance to stay with my team Sébastien Loeb Racing,