The LADA Sport team will pay a heavy price for its dominance of its home round of the championship at Moscow Raceway, gaining a significant amount of compensation ballast ahead of the World Touring Car Championship’s next round in Portugal.
Thanks to a clean sweep of victories for Gabriele Tarquini and Nicky Catsburg, the Russian carmaker has gained an additional 50kg of ballast for the two races on the streets of Vila Real.
That puts them just 10kg under the maximum 80kg of ballast that the championship-leading Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs have been saddled with since the start of the 2016 season.
Taking into consideration the relative lap times of each car manufacturer over the preceding three rounds of the season in Russia, Germany and Morocco, the three Vesta WTCCs of Tarquini, Catsburg and Hugo Valente were judged to be just 0.1 seconds off the pace of the Citroëns.
Honda has also had a weight increase, with the Civic WTCC cars gaining an extra 30kg from Moscow after being judged to be 0.2 seconds a lap slower.
The impressive recent pace of ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel and Münnich Motorsport’s James Thompson in Germany and Russia respectively have seen the venerable RML Chevrolet Cruze TC1 cars gain their first allocations of compensation ballast this season. The field’s three cars will carry an extra 10kg to their base weight.
The two Volvo S60s of Polestar Cyan Racing will be the only cars to run ballast-free in Portugal, after both Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk suffered the outfit’s least competitive showing all season.
|2016 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal – Chassis Compensation Weights|
|Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||0.0||+ 80kg||1,180kg|
|LADA Vesta WTCC||0.1||+ 70kg||1,170kg|
|Honda Civic WTCC||0.2||+ 60kg||1,160kg|
|Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||0.7||+ 10kg||1,110kg|
|Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||1.1||+ 0kg||1,100kg|
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