Honda get significant weight break for Porto

The three Honda Civic Super 2000 TCs in the WTCC will benefit from a 30kg weight reduction at the next round after the FIA’s latest calculation of compensation ballast.

The compensation weight applied each weekend in the Championship is based on the qualifying and race performances (fastest lap time) of the two best cars of each model in three consecutive events.

After a strong round at Slovakia with Tarquini taking JAS Motorsport’s first win in the WTCC, the Hondas struggled more in Hungary, Austria and Moscow.

With the lap times from those races taken into consideration, the two works Civics of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, as well as Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz will run at 1,160kg at Porto, 30kg lighter than the championship leading Chevrolet Cruze.

The only other car that gets a change in its compensation weight is the BMW 320 TC. Although the BMW struggled at the start of the season, a few strong events from the BMW have seen the Bavarian marque closer to the pace setting Chevrolets, judged to be just half a second sslower since Hungary, and so they will carry 20kg of additional ballast above base weight at the Portuguese street circuit.

The SEAT León WTCC remains at +10kg, the same weight as the Honda, whilst the Lada Granta Sport remains at the minimum possible weight of -20kg (1,130kg).

Compensation Weight for WTCC Porto

Car – Ballast – Total Weight
Chevrolet Cruze – +40kg – 1,190kg
BMW 320 TC – +20kg – 1,170kg
Honda Civic Super 2000 TC – +10kg – 1,160kg
SEAT León WTCC – +10kg – 1,160kg
Lada Granta Sport – -20kg – 1,130kg