It ain’t heavy, it’s a WTCC Citroën!
The five Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs in action when the FIA World Touring Car Championship heads to Macau next week will run at the 1100-kilogram base weight, it has been confirmed.
Designed to equalise car performance in the WTCC, the FIA’s compensation weight system uses a lap time-based calculation made following the last two events, which in this case are China and Japan.
After running at 40 kilograms in Japan, the French machines – due to be driven in Macau by Mehdi Bennani, Tom Chilton, John Filippi, Rob Huff and Ma Qing Hua – will now carry zero compensation weight, which could prove advantageous on the challenging Circuito da Guia street track.
Bennani said: “We hope we can be fighting with everybody and for sure 80 kilos lighter than everybody will be nice.”
Meanwhile, the five Honda Civic WTCCs will be 10 kilograms lighter than they were in Japan, going from the maximum 80kgs to 70. However, the three Volvo S60 Polestar World Touring Cars driven by title leader Thed Björk and team-mates Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami will be saddled with the full 80 kilograms.
The Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s will continue to carry 10 kilograms, while the LADA Vesta WTCCs will carry zero compensation weight.
The full compensation weight listing for WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau, the Suncity Group Macau Guia Race, follows:
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1: 10kg (no change)
Citroën C-Elysée WTCC: 0kg (-40kg)
Honda Civic WTCC: 70kg (-10kg)
LADA Vesta WTCC: 0kg (no change)
Volvo S60 Polestar: 80kg (+10kg)