China encorporates Great Wall into route
September’s Rally China will include 16 stages – including one at the foot of the Great Wall – and 195 miles of competition.
Details of the first WRC round in China since 1999 were released to the media and teams last week. The service park will be based alongside rally headquarters at the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 40 miles north of downtown Beijing.
The route, which measures 818 miles in total, will include two loops of three stages on days one and two before a final morning including three more stages with only the 5.24-mile Great Wall test repeated as the powerstage.
The organisers are confident in China’s all-asphalt route, saying: “For rally people, the sporting challenge of the Rally China roads will be an immediate attraction.”
The new event runs from September 9-11.
China featured on WRC in 1999