NEXT STOP: MONZA, ITALY
The FIA WTCC heads to Monza for the third meeting of the season. The stop at the Autodromo Nazionale, Italy's temple of speed and one of the most glorious racetracks in the world, is a traditional one for the World Touring Cars.
Monza hosted the championship's inaugural event back in 2005 and then continued to be
home to the WTCC Race of Italy until 2008 and again from 2010, after being temporarily replaced by Imola in 2009.
WTCC is one of the favourite events for the enthusiastic Italian fans who always come to fill the grandstands in overtaking places such as the first chicane and the Ascari.
BMW and Alfa Romeo shared victories in 2005 and 2006 but the SEAT León TDI cars made the most out of Monza's superfast layout and won all the four races held in 2007 and 2008.
In 2010 Andy Priaulx won the first race for BMW, stopping SEAT's winning streak, then in Race 2 Yvan Muller claimed Chevrolet's first victory on this track.
This year's key point will be saving the front tyres, as 2011 results were decided by blown tyres in the final lap that stopped Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff who were fighting for victory in Race 1, and Michel Nykjær who was about to grab his first victory in Race 2.
WTCC is set to provide again two breathtaking races next week in Monza
COMPENSATION WEIGHT COMES INTO FORCE
The Compensation Weight system comes into force for the first time this season at Monza. The system determines the running weight of the cars on the basis of lap time calculation.
The best lap times of the two fastest cars of each model in qualifying and the two best lap times of the two fastest cars of each model in both races are averaged. The calculation is based on a three event rolling average, being applied after the first two events.
The compensation weight has been determined by the lap times set in Brazil and Belgium. The Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T was indentified as the reference model and will receive a compensation weight of 40kg in addition to the minimum weight. Both, the SEAT León TDi and the BMW 320 TC won't have any compensation weight added, while the Volvo C30 and BMW 320si will have 20kg deducted from its minimum weight.
These weights may change, should SEAT and Volvo cars switch to the 1.6 turbo engine. In this case they would receive the maximum compensation weight as per art. 79 B5) of the Sporting Regulations.
Compensation weight Monza
+ 40 kg Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
± 0 kg SEAT León TDI, BMW 320 TC
- 20 kg BMW 320si, Volvo C30
The Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T will carry the maximum compensation weight
Info: FIA WTCC/Fabio Ravaioli.
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