The fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Nürburgring Nordschleife will see scarcely any changes to the compensation weight calculations, the FIA has confirmed.
The only car model to see an adjustment in its base weight is the LADA Vesta, which will gain 10 kilograms of performance ballast – a potentially costly weight penalty around the 25-kilometre circuit.
The compensation weights will continually be adjusted ahead of each championship round this season, taking into consideration the performances across the preceding three championship rounds.
After being the fastest car in the previous events in Slovakia, Hungary and Morocco, Citroën’s C-Elysée WTCC remains the chassis to beat and will again carry the full 80 kilograms of performance ballast as they have done all season long.
Honda’s Civic WTCC has been deemed to be an average of 0.4 seconds off the pace of its Citroën rival, and will again run with 40 kilograms of extra weight as they did in Morocco.
Hugo Valente’s fastest race lap award in Morocco acted as a penalty against the Russian carmaker, which saw the deficit of its Vesta chassis draw level with Honda. It too will carry 40 kilograms of ballast, an increase of 10kg from Morocco.
The Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60s slipped further off the pace in Morocco and were estimated to be 1.1 seconds off the pace of the Citroëns, level with the pace of the field’s three RML Chevrolet Cruze TC1 chassis’. Neither model will carry any compensation ballast this weekend, which could prove extremely handy next weekend.
|2016 FIA WTCC Race of Germany – Chassis Compensation Weights|
|Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||0.0||+ 80kg||1,180kg|
|Honda Civic WTCC||0.4||+ 40kg||1,140kg|
|LADA Vesta WTCC||0.4||+ 40kg||1,140kg|
|Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||1.1||+ 0kg||1,100kg|
|Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||1.1||+ 0kg||1,110kg|
Image via FIA WTCC