2019 Valencia, TCR BOP Renault Megane
A glimpse of the new Renault Sport Megane during the 2019 Balance of Performance at Ricardo Tormo.
The track test at Valencia was the BoP’s final act
The final part of the TCR Balance of Performance process was held yedsterday at Valencia’s Circuito Ricardo Tormo where the TCR technical staff worked together with the appointed tester Daniel Lloyd and the FIA Technical Delegate Carlos Barros.
Only the new models to be certified by TCR were tested: the Hyundai Veloster N, Lynk&Co 03, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, LADA Vesta Sport and Renault Mégane, while a CUPRA was used as the reference car.
All the cars began running according to the latest BoP table (#13/2018) and during the day they were tested in different configurations of weight and ground clearance.
Andreas Bellu, the head of the TCR Technical Department explained: “In the second half of last season we had achieved a very good balance in performance, therefore we decided to start from that. Now we will use all the data collected in the three stages of the BoP process like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.”
“I was really proud to be appointed as the official BoP tester again,” Lloyd said. “It seems like I did a good job last year. There were less cars this year, but still a lot of track time and lots to do. It’s a difficult job, because there are many variables between the cars, so we have to figure out how to get the best feedback possible from each of them in the small time we have.”
The initial BoP list will be issued in early March and must be adopted by all the series and championships regulated by the TCR Technical Regulations. According to on-track-performance, the BoP will be adjusted during the season by the common Compensation Weight System and the Sporting Regulations of each championship.