The BMW 320 TC will put on 10kg of ballast and the SEAT León WTCC 30kg compared to the USA after the latest recalculation of compensation weights for the Japanese race at Suzuka.
The SEAT León WTCC will run with an additional 30kg of ballast on top of its base weight, mainly thanks to Gabriele Tarquini’s fast performances at Sonoma, and will therefore be just 20kg lighter than the Championship leading Chevrolet Cruzes, which remain on full weight.
The BMW 320 TC was on the minimum possible weight at Sonoma, though all of the BMW teams reported that the car was incapable of getting to the 1,140kg weight. Next weekend the car will run at 1,150kg, -10kg from its base weight and the same weight as the SR León 1.6T which will be driven by Hiroki Yoshimoto, and the Honda Civic WTCC which will be raced for the first time by Tiago Monteiro, and has been cleared of late entry ballast as its entry was lodged at the beginning of the season.
The Ford Focus S2000 TCs of Tom Chilton and James Nash will be allowed the minimum ballast level of -20kg, bringing their cars down to 1,130kg if possible.
Race Of Japan Compensation Weights
Car – Weight – Breakdown
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T – 1,200kg – 1,160 +40kg success ballast
SEAT León WTCC – 1,180kg – 1,150 + 0kg success ballast
BMW 320 TC – 1,150kg – 1,160 -10kg success ballast
Honda Civic WTCC – 1,150kg – 1,150 base weight
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