Everyone but the Citroëns will shed some performance ballast at next month’s upcoming FIA World Touring Car Championship round at the Twin Ring Motegi road course.

The FIA’s latest compensation weight adjustment calculations will see both LADA and Honda drop to their base weights, while the Chevrolet RML Cruzes will lost 10 kilograms.

Despite running at maximum performance ballast for much of the season, the Citroëns had a dominant showing last time out on the streets of Vila Real, with reigning champion José María López and teammate Ma Qing Hua leading 1-2 finishes for the French carmaker in the two respective street races.

Their rivals had rather more troubled weekends, with the Honda Civics and LADA Vestas allowed to drop to base weight after being assessed to be 0.9 and 1.3 seconds a lap off the overall pace respectively over the past three rounds of the season.

The RML-built Chevrolet Cruzes were determined to be the second-fastest car model over the same period, and will lose a further 10 kilograms of performance ballast to run a net 10kg heavier than their non-Citroën rivals.

The Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan hosts a round of the WTCC for the first time on September 12-13.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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