2016 WRC calendar announced including Chinese slot

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THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR FOR 2016 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY WRC PROMOTER.

The 14-round championship will begin with the traditional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and will feature a mix of gravel, asphalt, snow and ice action across five continents.

Exciting innovations for 2016 are:

• Asia becomes the fifth continent to join the WRC with Rally China returning for the first time since 1999. The all-asphalt event will run as the 10th round on 9 – 11 September, based in the Huairou district just 70km from central Beijing. Huairou, which hosted the 1999 rally, benefited from huge investment ahead of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

• Rally Australia will move from its September date in 2014 to end the championship on 18 – 20 November next year. It will be followed by a glamorous and high-profile gala finale to the season in Sydney.

• Rally GB will remain the final European fixture as the championship’s penultimate round. It will be based in Wales on 28 – 30 October, following the completion of Britain’s national rally calendar, preserving the likelihood of tricky late-year conditions which make the event so challenging.

Following this year’s successful inaugural event, celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment will kick-start the 2016 championship at a spectacular opening in Monaco immediately ahead of the start of Rallye Monte-Carlo.

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla said the 2016 calendar offered a mix of tradition and innovation.

“It brings an enticing blend of the WRC’s heritage, in the form of classic and long-standing events such as Sweden, Argentina and Finland, with a new and exciting challenge on asphalt roads in China,” he said.

The 2016 calendar is:

ROUNDRALLYDATE
1.Monte-Carlo*22 – 24 January
2.Sweden12 – 14 February
3.Mexico4 – 6 March
4.Argentina22 – 24 April
5.Portugal20 – 22 May
6.Italy10 – 12 June
7.Poland1 – 3 July
8.Finland29 – 31 July
9.Germany19 – 21 August
10.China**9 – 11 September
11.France*30 September – 2 October
12.Spain14 – 16 October
13.Great Britain28 – 30 October
14.Australia18 – 20 November

* Inclusion remains subject to formalisation of contracts with FIA and WRC Promoter

** Inclusion remains subject to fulfilment of FIA requirements after candidate event

2016 WRC calendar announced including Chinese slot

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