Honda, Chevrolet and Lada lose weight for Motegi
The latest calculation by the FIA for compensation weight for the next round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in September will see Honda and Lada both drop back to base weight, 60kgs lighter than the championship leading Citroëns, while the Chevrolet RML Cruzes will drop to 10kg.
The Citroëns have run with maximum ballast all season, while after a few troubled races the Hondas, which had earned the same compensation weight as the French manufacturer just three races ago in Slovakia, have now dropped back to base weight after being assessed as being on average nine-tenths of a second off the pace over the last three races in Slovakia, France and Portugal.
The Lada Sport Rosneft team will also drop back to 0kg after carrying 20kg of ballast during the last two weekends, with the Vesta 1.3 seconds off of the overall pace.
RML’s Chevrolet Cruzes, used by Campos Racing, Münnich Motorsport, Craft-Bamboo Racing and ROAL Motorsport, were assessed as the second fastest car behind Citroën and will carry 10kg at Twin Ring Motegi, as the Japanese circuit hosts a round of the WTCC for the first time on September 13th.
FIA WTCC – Race Of Japan Compensation Weights
Car – Gap – Ballast – Total Weight
Citroën C-Elysée WTCC – 0.0 – +60kg – 1,160kg
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 – 0.8 – +10kg – 1,110kg
Honda Civic WTCC – 0.9 – +0kg – 1,100kg
Lada Vesta WTCC – 1.3 – +0kg – 1,100kg