CHINA will return to the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time since 1999 after the FIA approved a 14-round calendar for 2016.
As announced in May, Rally Australia also is on the calendar, but Wednesday’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council did not decide a date for the Coffs Coast round or any others.
The decision is expected in a few weeks, with Australian organisers continuing to push the case to host the season’s final round on 17-20 November.
The Chinese fixture, which previously appeared in the WRC for just one season, supplements the existing 13 rounds in a calendar approved by the governing body’s WMSC in Paris.
The 14 rounds are (in alphabetical order): Argentina, Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Monte-Carlo, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
China’s confirmation is subject to it fulfilling FIA requirements following a candidate event last August, while France and Monte-Carlo are subject to finalising contract terms and conditions.