The World Touring Car Championship’s five Citroën C-Elysées will carry the maximum 60 kilograms of performance ballast for next weekend’s inaugural visit to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, after series organisers confirmed there would be no adjustment to the compensation weights run at last weekend’s race at the Hungaroring.
For the second consecutive race, the rival Honda, Chevrolet RML and Lada entries will run at their base weight, which will be critical given the Citroëns’ superior speed in the open test session held there last month.
The opening two rounds of the championship in Argentina and Morocco saw the entire field carrying the maximum performance ballast, but when the compensation weight adjustments came into effect for the third round in Hungary, all bar the Citroëns were allowed to drop to a base 1,100kg weight.
Despite this, four of the Citroëns qualified inside the top-five and reigning champion José María López went on to take a comfortable victory in Race 1.
The reversed-grid Race 2 saw local driver Norbert Michelisz claim victory from pole in his Honda Civic, while fellow Honda runner Gabriele Tarquini – who had pitted for a blocked radiator – ran traffic-free laps in the race to set the fastest lap of the race.
The final performance ballast calculations – which take the fastest two laps per marque from qualifying and the race over the preceding four races – have still shown the Citroën C-Elysées to be the quickest cars in the field. On average, the RML Chevrolet Cruzes and Honda Civics are 0.9 seconds a lap slower, while the Lada Vestas were a further 0.8 seconds adrift.
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