The World Touring Car Championship’s four Honda runners will carry an extra 10 kilograms of compensation ballast at the series’ maiden visit to Beijing’s Golden Park circuit in October.

The Honda Civic WTCCs ran closer to the pace of the all-dominant Citroëns in the field’s last outing in Argentina and, under the performance equalising rules, will carry extra ballast to take them 30kg above their base 1,100kg weight. The championship-leading C-Elysée WTCCs continue to carry the maximum 60kg of extra weight, as they have done for much of the season.

Being forced to stack on an extra 20kg of ballast for Argentina did the Chevrolet RML Cruze runners no favours – Tom Chilton’s sixth place in Race 1 was the best result among the six-car group – and so they will drop the weight next time out to return to 20kg above their base weight.

Despite enjoying their most competitive showing of the season, LADA – which had Rob Huff claim the carmaker’s first ever podium finish – will continue to run as the lightest car in the field based on their average fastest laps over the preceding championship rounds in Russia, Belgium and Argentina.

The next FIA WTCC round – the first of a back-to-back run in mainland China – takes place on the weekend of 5-6 October.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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