The field’s Hondas and LADAs will carry additional ballast at this weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Championship’s Race of Hungary after the season’s first compensation weight adjustments.

Honda has gained an additional 70kg of performance ballast, while the LADAs will run 50kg heavier at this weekend’s visit to the Hungaroring.

Reigning series champions Citroën will continue to carry the maximum 80kg with which they have been saddled since the start of the 2016 season.

Series returnees Volvo will remain without any additional compensation weight, along with the privately-entered RML-built Chevrolet Cruzes.

The compensation weight calculations are based on the average lap times of each car chassis across the season’s opening two rounds in France and Slovakia where the Citroëns proved to be the quickest in the field.

The heavily-upgraded Honda Civics were just 0.1 seconds behind, on average, after strong showings with Race 1 victories for Rob Huff and Tiago Monteiro respectively at these events.

The LADAs were just 0.3 seconds down from the Citroëns, while the all-new Volvo S60s were a further 0.6 seconds off the pace.

The compensation weights will be adjusted ahead of each championship round hereon, taking into consideration the performances across the preceding two championship rounds.

2016 FIA WTCC Race of Hungary – Chassis Compensation Weights
Chassis Gap Ballast Base Weight
Citroën WTCC C-Elysée WTCC 0.0 + 80kg 1,180kg
Honda Civic WTCC 0.1 + 70kg 1,170kg
LADA Vesta WTCC 0.3 + 50kg 1,150kg
Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 volvo 0.9 + 0kg 1,100kg
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 1.2 + 0kg 1,110kg

Image via FIA WTCC

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