Next weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Championship round in Argentina will see the field’s four privateer Citroën C-Elysée entries carry maximum compensation ballast, series officials have confirmed.
The fastest two drivers of each manufacturer’s qualifying and race performances over the preceding three events – held at the Hungaroring, Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife and Portugal’s Vila Real street circuits respectively – are used to determine adjustments to each chassis’ compensation weights at the following round.
Based on strong performances from Münnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff (pictured above) and the two Sébastien Loeb Racing entries of Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton, the C-Elysées will carry the maximum 80 kilograms of extra ballast when the field visit’s Argentina’s Circuito Termas de Río Hondo.
This marks the first time since the opening two rounds of the season in Marrakech and Monza where the Citroëns have run as the heaviest cars.
Also stacking on the extra kilograms will be the five Honda Civics, which will carry an extra 10kg of weight thanks to back-to-back pole positions for Norbert Mcihelisz. The Japanese cars will run at a base weight of 1,160kg.
Carrying the same weight will be the three Polestar Volvo S60 runners, which have had 20kg of performance ballast removed.
The two Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 runners of Tom Coronel and Esteban Guerrieri have also dropped 20kg of performance ballast and will now run ballast-free in Argentina. Their base weight will match the two RC Motorsport LADA Vestas of Yann Ehrlacher and Kevin Gleason, who have run at their base weight all season.
|2017 FIA WTCC Race of Argentina – Chassis Compensation Weights|
|Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||0.0||+ 80kg||1,180kg|
|Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||0.2||+ 60kg||1,160kg|
|Honda Civic WTCC||0.2||+ 60kg||1,160kg|
|Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||0.8||+ 0kg||1,100kg|
|LADA Vesta WTCC||1.5||+ 0kg||1,100kg|
Image via FIA WTCC