Volkswagen on maximum weight for Slovakia
The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs will the heaviest cars at the Slovakiaring this weekend following the latest calculation of compensation weight by the FIA.
With the compensation weight calculated on three-race rolling average, the results from Hyundai at the Moroccan and Hungarian rounds of the championship are no longer part of the calculation.
As a result, with Hyundais performances from Germany, Netherlands and Portugal taken into consideration, with particular focus on the Dutch round at Zandvoort where they were notably off the pace, the South Korean cars will drop a further 10kg of ballast this weekend to 40kg.
Honda, which were at maximum weight in Portugal with 60kg, will also drop to 40kg.
The second-most ballast will be awarded to the Audi RS 3 LMS, which was fast in Germany but even faster in the Netherlands, when Jean-Karl Vernay placed his WRT-run Audi on pole position.
The heaviest cars will be the three Volkswagen Golfs however, with Rob Huff having secured two pole positions over two race weekends in the Sébastien Loeb Racing car, the first time the Golf has run at this weight since all cars ran with full ballast in Hungary.
The compensation weight calculation is bad news for Slovakian wild card entry Andrej Studenič, who will race with Brutal Fish Racing in their Golf GTI TCR this weekend, as he’ll carry both the 60kg compensation weight plus 20kg as a wild card penalty.