The DTM launches new system of weights compensation


The DTM changes its system of weights compensation, a logical step after being one of the more controversial of 2015. Although the system was delivering or taking off his weights 2.5 kilos to the basis of the results of the previous race, with the introduction of the format of two races per weekend soon showed great jumps in the level that suffered by the vehicles of Audi, BMW and Mercedes from one test to another. For this reason, the new system of weights is applied in classification according to the fastest lap theoretical and the percentage difference between manufacturers.

The Audi RS 5 DTM and Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM will have a basis weight of 1,120 pounds, while the BMW M4 DTM will depart at 1.112,5 pounds to receive a safe-conduct to equalize the yields. Starting from this point, the weights of compensation shall be calculated on the basis of the best theoretical return of each brand classification, or what is the same, from the union of the three best sectors marked by the global of the eight riders competing for Audi, BMW and Mercedes. In this way, there will be 17 reviews of ballasts during 2016.


Taking into account that the three vehicles will be able to to have at most a final weight of 1,140 pounds and a minimum weight of 15 kilos below the weighing initial, the system to follow is quite simple. The manufacturer with the best theoretical return shall serve as a basis to adjust the weights of compensation. The calculations have to be made from your time and three margins of difference: less than 0.1%, between 0.1 and 0.2% and more than 0.2%. Each hop indicates a weight compensation of 2.5 kilos. If all remain at less than 0.1% difference, not add any ballast.

In total, drawn six possible cases around the new system of weights compensation ranging from the aforementioned example in which none of the manufacturers add or subtract any ballast to their cars and ending in the opposite contrast. The course with the largest difference will be when a manufacturer get a theoretical return was 0.2% better than at least one of the other two marks, which will result in an increase of +5 kilos for this manufacturer and a decrease of -5 kilograms for manufacturer slower. All cases can be viewed on the official website of the DTM.