2004 Seat Sport UK BTCC driver Rob Huff will drive a Chrevolet Lacetti in the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship after being confirmed in the team’s third seat.

The new team, which will see Chevrolet (the new name for Daewoo in the UK) take on the inaugural World Touring Car Championship, will be run by Ray Mallock Limited – the same outfit that helped Huff to two wins in his first season of racing in the BTCC this year.

Chevrolet were said to be keen to bring in a British driver to complete its line-up alongside experienced duo Alain Menu (Switzerland) and Nicola Larini (Italy) and 25 year-old Huff emerged ahead of a handful of other contenders.

Huff told his personal website: "This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me, I thought getting a drive in the BTCC was great but getting this drive really is a dream come true when you consider it's all down to my performances in my first season in touring cars. I think the race at Snetterton was the one that clinched it for me, to hold off former champions Muller and Thomo all the way through the race was great, that really was the drive of my life and one that I think really impressed RML.”

"I'm delighted to be running with them again too. They're a great team and the best bunch of guys I've worked with and I think they're all happy that I'm coming back."

Eric Nève, Manager, Motorsports for Chevrolet Europe, said: “I am very optimistic that we have found the right mixture of experience and youth. As GM’s biggest international brand, it was also important to us to have a good mix of nationalities.”

Huff’s departure looks set to see Seat Sport UK run a two-car team for Jason Plato and 2004 Seat Cupra Championship winner James Pickford in the 2005 BTCC.

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