Honda’s hopes of dominating on home soil may have taken a hit after the FIA released its updated compensation weight allocations ahead of the next round of the World Touring Car Championship at the Twin Ring Motegi.
The Japanese brand will carry the maximum 80 kilograms of ballast for the first time this season, bringing it level pegging with the compensation weight that its chief championship rival, Citröen, has run for the entire season.
The performance ballast calculations are adjusted ahead of each championship round, and take into account the fastest lap times of each car manufacturer over the preceding three events.
Despite its uncompetitive showing in Argentina last weekend, LADA remains on 50kg of ballast, while the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s will carry 10kg of extra weight thanks to their strong pace.
The Volvo S60s of Polestar Cyan Racing will be the only cars to run ballast-free in Japan when they race on November 6.
|2016 FIA WTCC Race of Japan – Chassis Compensation Weights|
|Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||0.0||+ 80kg||1,180kg|
|Honda Civic WTCC||0.0||+ 80kg||1,180kg|
|LADA Vesta WTCC||0.2||+ 50kg||1,150kg|
|Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||0.7||+ 10kg||1,110kg|
|Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||1.2||+ 0kg||1,100kg|
Image via FIA WTCC