BRC Racing calls for BoP adjustment after Marrakech

BRC Racing calls for BoP adjustment after Marrakech

Nicky Catsburg
Photo: Florent Gooden / DPPI

The Team Principal of the Hyundai BRC Racing team, Gabriele Rizzo, has called for the Balance of Performance [BoP] to be adjusted, even though the Italian team picked up a win in the FIA World Touring Car Cup in Morocco.

Rizzo has again called for the BoP to adjusted, with the Hyundai i30 N TCR cars having the most extreme parameters in the table of BoP values released in March.

The South Korean car is limited to 97.5 % of engine power, must run with a ride height 20 mm above the average and has also been given 10 kg of BoP weight.

On the Marrakech street circuit the best Hyundai qualifying performance was Gabriele Tarquini, who sixth fastest on Saturday, whilst on Sunday the Italian could only manage ninth.

Although that gave Tarquini and team-mate Nicky Catsburg the prime position for the reverse-grid race, the i30 N cars were unable to challenge for podium finishes in the other races.

“It has been a tough weekend for us,” said Rizzo. “We have been struggling to extract the maximum out of the Hyundai i30 N TCR because of the BoP.

“A race win and some important points scored by all four drivers is some positive news from the weekend, but we want to be consistently fighting at the front.

“We’re hoping the Balance of Performance is adjusted to allow us to do so. As a team, we have to make sure the mechanical problems are resolved so they don’t happen again.”

Reigning champion Tarquini echoed the comments of his team boss, saying the BoP has rendered his car ‘uncompetitive’.

“It was fantastic to win the second race of the weekend, as well as score important points,” said Tarquini. “This was despite a non-competitive car caused by the BoP, which we hope will change for the next round. We will keep fighting for more.”