Despite failing to turn a race lap in anger after their opening lap pile-up in Race 1 at Vilea Real, the Sébastien Loeb Racing VW Golf GTI entries of Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani will be the heaviest cars at this weekend’s round in Slovakia following the latest Balance of Performance adjustments by the FIA.
With compensation weights calculated the average performance of each car make across the preceding three rounds of the season – being the German, Dutch and Portuguese events – the VW Golfs have been calculated as the quickest cars on the grid thanks to Rob Huff’s pole positions at Zandvoort and Vila Real.
With those events taken into consideration, the usually dominant Hyundai i30 N TCR cars – which were miles off the pace while running maximum weight at Zandvoort – will drop 10kg of ballast this weekend.
Also dropping weight are the Honda Civic entries, which shed 20kg of the ballast they carried in Portugal.
The field’s Audi RS 3 LMS cars which were quick in Germany and even quicker in the Netherlands, with Jean-Karl Vernay claiming pole position at the latter, will run to 50kg of WTCR compensation ballast.
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