Chevrolet and Honda lose weight, Lada gains it for France
The latest compensation weight calculations see Honda and Chevrolet both reduce the amount of ballast they carry at this weekend’s race at Paul Ricard, while Lada achieves a key landmark in being awarded ballast on a performance basis for the first time in the WTCC.
Unsurprisingly, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC is still the reference model and will carry 60kg of ballast as it has done all season long.
As per the two fastest cars’ lap times from the last three events at the Nürburgring, Moscow Raceway and the Slovakiaring, the average gap in lap time has been calculated by the FIA and the ballast for the other three models has been altered for this weekend’s event.
With Honda off the pace in Slovakia, with their average lap time now half a second from Citroën over the three events, the Civic WTCCs will shed 20kg of ballast this weekend and will run at 1,140kg overall.
The Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s have also lost weight. In Slovakia they were running at 50kg of ballast, and will now run at 20kg, with their average lap 0.7 seconds from Citroën.
With the three Lada Vestas driven by Rob Huff, Jaap van Lagen and Nicky Catsburg much closer to the pace, with Rob Huff setting the fastest lap in race two in Moscow, they also have been rated as 0.7 seconds off the pace of the Citroëns and have therefore gained 20kg in ballast, and will run at 1,120kg this weekend.
FIA WTCC – Race Of France Compensation Weights
Car – Gap – Ballast – Total Weight
Citroën C-Elysée WTCC – 0.0 – +60kg – 1,160kg
Honda Civic WTCC – 0.5 – +40kg – 1,140kg
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 – 0.7 – +20kg – 1,120kg
Lada Vesta WTCC – 0.7 – +20kg – 1,120kg