WRC 2016 calendar revealed: New event in China, final round at Australia
The FIA World Rally Championship calendar for 2016 has been revealed today by the WRC Promoter. As announced earlier, the championship is expanded from 13 to 14 events, with Rally China as a new event. Another big change is that Rally Australia became the final round of championship, instead of Wales Rally GB, which was the most traditional final rally of the championship. In the last 20 years WRC ended in Wales 16 times while Australia hosted the final round twice, in 2004 and 2005.
2016 World Rally Championship will begin with the traditional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January. Other host countries are the same as in 2015: Sweden, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain and Australia.
Rally China returned 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. Rally Australia will move from September 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.