Mexico added to schedule, success ballast revised

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will visit Mexico again in 2008. After a one-year break the 3.2-km Miguel E. Abed racetrack of Puebla Amozoc will host the championship's third and fourth rounds on April 6th. The WTCC had already raced...

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will visit Mexico again in 2008.

After a one-year break the 3.2-km Miguel E. Abed racetrack of Puebla Amozoc will host the championship's third and fourth rounds on April 6th.

The WTCC had already raced in Puebla twice: Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo) and Peter Terting (SEAT) shared victories in 2005, while Salvatore Tavano and Augusto Farfus claimed a double for Alfa Romeo the following year.

These were also among the most successful WTCC events ever in terms of crowd, with 71,000 and 76,000 spectators attending the two previous editions.

Mexico having been reinstated, the 2008 FIA WTCC will be composed of twelve events and 24 rounds.

SUCCESS BALLAST SYSTEM REVISED

The FIA WTCC handicap weight system has been revised in view of the 2008 season, starting from the name that has been changed to "success ballast". The new system was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council after a proposal coming from the Touring Car Commission.

The imposition of success ballast remains based on different criteria: championship points and race results.

a) according to the Championship points: 1 kg per every point scored

b) according to the sum of points obtained in the two races of each event, according to the following scale:

1st + 30 kg
2nd + 25 kg
3rd + 20 kg
4th + 15 kg
5th + 10 kg
6th + 5 kg

These ballasts will be scrapped and recalculated after each championship event.

Handicap weights a) and b) are cumulative up to a maximum of 70 kg (previously 60 kg).

A 30 kg ballast will automatically be allocated to each driver entered on a race-by-race basis on the occasion of his first appearance in the championship.

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Augusto Farfus , Peter Terting