New ballast system comes into force

SEAT and BMW will each carry an extra 40 kilograms of weight in the next World Touring Car round in Morocco next month as the championship's new compensation weight system comes into force for the first time

New ballast system comes into force

The system alters the minimum weight of each car based on the fastest laptimes of the two quickest examples of each model in qualifying and race sessions.

The times from the opening two races in Brazil and Mexico were averaged and, although SEAT won all four races, BMW drivers set the pole time and fastest lap in both races at Puebla, so SEAT's Leon TDi and BMW's 320si will carry 40kg each on top of the 1170kg minimum weight limit.

The other WTCC cars - the Chevrolet Cruze, Lada 110, petrol-powered SEAT Leon and Alex Zanardi's sequential gearbox BMW - will each have 20kg deducted from their minimum weight.

The weights will then change for each round of the championship, with a rolling average taken from the three most recent races.

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