Citroën’s C-Elysée racers will run at reduced compensation weight for next weekend’s FIA WTCC Race of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. It will be the lightest the championship-winning cars have been since the French manufacturer entered the World Touring Car Championship in 2014.
The fastest two drivers of each manufacturer’s qualifying and race performances over the preceding three events – held at Portugal’s Vila Real street circuit, Argentina Termas de Río Hondo and China’s Ningbo International Speedpark respectively – are used to determine adjustments to each chassis’ compensation weights at the following round.
The field’s five Hondas will run at the maximum 80kg performance ballast at the Japanese carmaker’s home event after being calculated to be the quickest car on average.
The three Volvo S60 cars run by Polestar Cyan Racing were found to be just 0.1 seconds slower, meaning they will maintain their 70kg of ballast applied in China on to Japan.
The independently run Chevrolet RML Cruze entries gain 10kg for Motegi thanks to Esteban Guerrieri’s win in the Opening Race in China, while RC Motorsport’s LADA Vesta entries will remain ballast-free.
|2017 FIA WTCC Race of Japan – Chassis Compensation Weights|
|Honda Civic WTCC||0.0||+ 80kg||1,180kg|
|Volvo S60 Polestar TC1||0.1||+ 70kg||1,170kg|
|Citroën C-Elysée WTCC||0.4||+ 40kg||1,140kg|
|Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1||0.8||+ 10kg||1,110kg|
|LADA Vesta WTCC||1.5||+ 0kg||1,100kg|
Image via FIA WTCC