Audi adds 25 kg in South Africa

Weighty Problem For South African Audis The Rothmans-backed Audi A4 super tourers currently lying first and second in the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship in South Africa have been given a 25 kilogram weight penalty for the upcoming ...

Weighty Problem For South African Audis

The Rothmans-backed Audi A4 super tourers currently lying first and second in the AA Fleetcare Super Touring Championship in South Africa have been given a 25 kilogram weight penalty for the upcoming round of the series in East London on June 15.

Audi Sport boss Andre van der Watt is furious with the decision by the Touring Car Association, saying: "When Opel totally dominated the series last year winning something like 12 straight races there was no suggestion of adding weight. At the same time Audi competed the entire season with the Audi 80 and ran eighth and ninth but nobody volunteered to allow us to reduce weight.

"Very simply the technological superiority of the Audi is being penalised. The cars run in South Africa are 1995 specification and are 1,5 seconds slower than the current BTCC cars, yet the weight penalty being applied is almost the same."

Says driver Terry Moss: "The ballast changes a number of things and besides the actual weight in the car it affects cornering speeds and tyre wear - these two characteristics our main advantage. East London has a super-fast straight where, even without the extra weight, we would be at a slight disadvantage. Now, the ability of the Audi to make that up in the tight infield section has also been compromised."

*********************************************************** Colin Windell <colin.windell@digitec.co.za> CyberRace Inc (c) 1996. All rights reserved ************************************************************

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