The FIA has made further adjustments to the compensation weight that Honda and SEAT will carry for this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship round at the Hungaroring.
After back-to-back pole positions and a 1-2-3 in the opening race at last weekend’s Slovakia Ring round, the three Honda Civics of Gabriele Tarquini, Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz were always going to cop a weight penalty for this weekend’s two-race event.
Using the calculations based on the fastest qualifying and race laps of each manufacturer from the opening six races at Monza, Marrakech and the Slovakia Ring, the Civics have been given an additional 30kg of performance ballast, taking their base weight to 1,180kg, 10kg below that being run by the Chevrolet Cruzes.
SEAT also showed improved form – although perhaps not the race results to back it up – and will carry an additional 10kg, taking them to a 1,160kg base weight.
While BMW managed to score its first race win last weekend with Tom Coronel’s lights-to-flag victory in Race 2, the German carmaker will continue to run at the lowest base weight of 1,130kg. Several of the 320TC challengers were given dispensation to run with carbonfibre doors last weekend to help reduce overall weight.
The two LADA Grantas will also run at the same base weight as BMW.