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WTCC Nürburgring

Lada gets increased ballast for Nurburgring, Citroen stays on 80kg

The fifth round of the 2016 World Touring Car Championship at the Nurburgring Nordschleife will see very few changes in compensation weight, with just Lada gaining 10kg ballast.

Gabriele Tarquini, LADA Sport Rosneft, Lada Vesta
James Thompson, All-Inkl Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
José María López, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
James Thompson, All-Inkl Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing, Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
Hugo Valente, LADA Sport Rosneft, Lada Vesta

The FIA calculated the weights based on the last three events, with Citroen again the reference, carrying a full 80kg of compensation weight as it has done all season, having been the fastest car in Slovakia, Hungary and Morocco.

Honda has again been assessed to be 0.4 seconds off the pace on average, despite claiming pole position and a victory in Morocco.

And thus, it will be required to run with 40kg above the minimum base weight in the Civic WTCC, with the car running at 1,140kg.

With Hugo Valente picking up the fastest lap award in Morocco in his Lada Vesta, it’s worked against the Russian cars, with the manufacturer judged to also be 0.4 seconds from Citroen over a lap. As such, it will likewise carry 40kg, moving up from 30kg.

The Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60s struggled in Morocco and fell further behind in pace to be 1.1 seconds from Citroen.

As a result, the Swedish cars will again carry no compensation weight, nor will the privateer Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s.

This will play in the favour of the only German driver entered for the race, Sabine Schmitz, as the Nordschleife expert makes a one-off return in the championship driving for Munnich Motorsport.

Nuburgring compensation weights:

Car Gap Ballast
Citroen C-Elysee WTCC   80kg
Honda Civic WTCC +0.4s 40kg
Lada Vesta WTCC +0.4s 40kg
Volvo S60 WTCC +1.1s 0kg
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 +1.1s 0kg

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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