Citroën’s rivals stay on minimum weight for the Nordschleife
Citroën Racings five entries for the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s first visit to the Nürburgring Nordschleife will again carry the maximum possible compensation weight of 60kg for the race, while Honda, Chevrolet RML and Lada will be ballast free for the second consecutive race.
In Argentina and Morocco, all cars carried the maximum ballast, but when compensation weight came into effect last weekend in Hungary, all of Citroën’s rivals dropped to the minimum of 1,100kg with the C-Elysées on 1,160kg.
That didn’t stop Yvan Muller from claiming pole position for Citroën and José María López from winning the first race, but Norbert Michelisz took Honda’s first win of the season in race two while Gabriele Tarquini, free from traffic after a first lap visit to the pits, set the fastest lap in the factory Honda entry.
Regardless, over the course of the weekend the two best laps in qualifying and the races from the four marques have been evaluated, the both the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 and the Honda Civic WTCC are 0.9 seconds off the pace which means they will still run at the minimum ballast level in Germany.
The Lada Vesta WTCC was 1.7 seconds off and likewise will be ballast free for next weekend’s race at the circuit.
Race of Germany Compensation Weight
Car – Final Weight – Ballast
Citroën C-Elysée WTCC – 1,160kg – +60kg
Honda Civic WTCC – 1,100kg – +0kg
Lada Vesta WTCC – 1,100kg – +0kg
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 – 1,100kg – +0kg