The RML-built Chevrolet Cruzes will run with an extra 20kg of compensation ballast at the next round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship round at Argentina’s Termas de Río Hondo circuit.
The improved one-lap pace of the privately-built cars has seen them close the gap to the championship-leading works Citroën cars over the last three championship rounds, from which the series’ complicated rolling performance ballast calculations stem.
The Citroën C-Elysées proved to be dominant in race trim at the preceding rounds in Austria, Russia and Belgium, but with their compensation ballast set at the maximum of 60kg, the Cruzes’ improved pace – down to just 0.5 seconds a lap deficit – have seen it earn an extra 20kg to take them to 40kg ballast.
The ballast of the rival Honda Civics (+20kg) and LADA Grantas (0kg) remains unchanged.
The championship’s second ever visit to Termas de Río Hondo takes place on the weekend of 2-3 August.
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