The first series of in-season Balance of Performance adjustments will occur at this weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Cup round at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Not surprisingly, after its cars dominated the opening two rounds in Morocco and Hungary, the Hyundai i30 N TCRs will carry the maximum weight penalty.
With the Hyundais calculated to be the fastest cars over the two race meetings to-date, the four Hyundais entered this weekend by BRC Racing and YMR will all remain on the maximum 60kg of compensation weight, while the majority of other runners will shift the full ballast.
The Hyundais will there tip the scales at a base weight of 1,325kg – some 50kg heavier than the Audi RS 3 LMS cars which have been stripped of all compensation weight after being uncompetitive at the Hungaroring.
An exception to the weight loss rule are the Honda Civic Type-R entries, which have generally been the closest challenger to the Hyundais after Yann Ehrlacher’s win in the opening race at the Hungaroring. The field’s six entries will carry 20kg of ballast.
This weekend will also mark the first time that the WTCR cars will run with the latest Balance of Performance adjustments. The Honda and Hyundai runners will remain at 80mm minimum ride height, while all other models have been allowed to drop 10mm of ride height.
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