Handicap weight system revised

The World Touring Car Championship will use a revised weight penalty system next season - with the ability to lose ballast from the minimum handicap weight

Handicap weight system revised

The imposition of handicap weights will remain based on race results and championship points, however an automatic 20kg handicap for any new entrant has been introduced.

It means that the difference between the most and least successful cars will be increased next season, from a possible difference of 60kg to 100kg.

The cumulative results of all handicapping will be capped at 80kg but if a driver has a cumulative points score of sixth or lower of the previous event, then weight is subtracted on a sliding scale up to minus 20kg. The top four drivers will have weight added to their car.

A cumulative handicap depending on the total points scored by a driver will also be used to provide the ballast total.

A WTCC spokesperson told autosport.com: "The aim of this measure is to increase the likelihood of more cars winning."

FIA WTCC competitors will race under a new handicap weight system that was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council after a proposal coming from the Touring Car Commission.

The imposition of handicap weights remains based on different criteria: race results and championship points, however an automatic handicap of 20 kg has also been introduced.

Therefore in 2006 ballasts will be applied as follows:

a) a 20 kg handicap is allocated to each driver from the first event in which he takes part;

b) according to the sum of points obtained in the two races of each event weight handicaps are imposed according to the following scale:

1st + 40 kg 2nd + 30 kg 3rd + 20 kg 4th + 10 kg 5th ± 0 kg 6th - 5 kg 7th - 10 kg 8th - 15 kg from 9th onwards - 20 kg 

c) according to the Championship points: 5 kg for every 10 points scored

d) handicap weights a) b) and c) are cumulative up to a maximum of 80 kg Compared to last year, it is now possible to subtract up to 20 kg from the car's minimum weight, meaning that the difference between the cars on the maximum handicap weight and those on the minimum increases from 60 to 100 kg.

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