Rob Huff will make a shock switch to SEAT machinery this year and defend his World Touring Car Championship title with series newcomer Munnich Motorsport
The 33-year-old Briton won last year's crown with the RML-run factory Chevrolet squad, but was left with an uncertain future after the US manufacturer withdrew from the championship at the end of 2012.
The Munnich deal was made possible by Markus Winkelhock's decision to step down from WTCC driving duties to focus on his Audi commitments in GT racing.
Huff will partner team owner Rene Munnich and Marc Basseng at the reigning GT1 world champion team and will drive one of its trio of Leon WTCCs.
"I'm delighted to join Rene and Marc at Munnich Motorsport for 2013," said Huff.
"It is an exciting newly-formed WTCC project, but the team have a huge reputation having previously won the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012.
"I started my touring car career racing in a SEAT, so it will be quite special to compete in the WTCC with the Leon and a team that carries the highest amount of professionalism.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity that I have been given and I look forward to building on this relationship."
Huff's maiden run in the Leon has been delayed thanks to snow forcing the cancellation of two days of testing planned for Wednesday and Thursday at Monza.
2013 WTCC line-up so far:Team Car Driver(s) Honda (JAS) Honda Civic WTCC Gabriele Tarquini/Tiago Monteiro Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC Norbert Michelisz Lada (Russian Bears) Lada Granta James Thompson/Aleksei Dudukalo Bamboo-Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T James Nash/Alex MacDowall ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC Tom Coronel/Darryl O'Young Proteam Motorsport BMW 320 TC Mehdi Bennani/tba Team Engstler BMW 320 TC Franz Engstler/Charles Ng Wiechers Sport BMW 320 TC tba Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC Rob Huff/Marc Basseng/Rene Munnich
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