SEAT and BMW will be as much as 30kg lighter than the Championship leading Chevrolet Cruzes at the next round of the World Touring Car Championship at Curitiba, Brazil.
The lap times of the BMW 320 TC and the SEAT León WTCC over the last three rounds of the WTCC at the Hungaroroing, Salzburgring and Portimao have seen the average lap of the two cars more than half a second slower than the Chevrolet Cruze, and so the BMWs will only carry 10kg of ballast the the SEATs will run at base weight.
The SUNRED-powered SR León 1.6T, which is expected to be just Tiago Monteiro’s car, will run at -20kg of ballast, but has previously been given an additional 20kg of national ballast, though this was waived at Portimao.
The two Ford Focus TC 2000s of James Nash and Tom Chilton will be permitted to run at the lowest possible ballast of just 1,130kg.
Race Of Brazil Compensation Weights
Car – Weight – Breakdown
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T – 1,200kg – 1,160 +40kg success ballast
BMW 320 TC – 1,170kg – 1,160 + 10kg success ballast
SEAT León WTCC – 1,150kg – 1,150 + 0kg success ballast
SR León 1.6T – 1,150kg – 1,150 – 20kg penalty ballast + 20kg national ballast
Ford Focus S2000 TC – 1,130kg – 1,150 -20kg success ballast