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The Rally China (中国拉力赛) is the largest rally racing event held in China. The first event was run as the China Rally in 1997 in the province of Guangdong, as a replacement to the Hong Kong - Beijing Rally, and was an event on the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar in 1999. However it was replaced by the Cyprus Rally the following year. From 2000 to 2015, it has been part of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), moving initially to Shaoguan, Fujian province. "Force majeure because of government", according to the organisers, led to the cancellation of the event in 2003. The event moved for a single year to Huizhou, Guangdong in 2004 before reverting to Shaoguan. From 2009 until 2015, the event was hosted in Longyou, Zhejiang province. The event returned to the WRC calendar in 2016 after moving to Huairou, Beijing, but was cancelled due to weather damage.[1] China will continue to host a round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in Zhangye, Gansu in 2016 too, while Longyou will continue to host a round of the Chinese Rally Championship.

List of previous winnersEdit

Rally ChinaEdit

Year Name Dates Winner Car Rally Classification
1997 1st China Rally 11–13 July   Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC 97 APRC
1998 2nd China Rally 2–4 October   Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC 98 APRC
1999 3rd China Rally 17–19 September   Didier Auriol Toyota Corolla WRC WRC
2000 4th 555 China Rally 7–9 November   Peter 'Possum' Bourne Subaru Impreza WRX APRC
2001 5th Rally of China Shaoguan 20–22 October   Nico Caldarola Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI APRC
2002 6th Rally of China Shaoguan 19–21 October   Karamjit Singh Proton Pert APRC
2004 7th TCL China Rally Huizhou 22–24 October   Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII APRC
2005 8th China Rally Shaoguan 26–28 November   Jussi Välimäki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII APRC
2006 9th China Rally Shaoguan 24–26 November   Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza WRX STi APRC
2007 10th China Rally Shaoguan 09-11 November   Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza WRX STi APRC
2008 11th China Rally Shaoguan 08-9 November   Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza WRX STi APRC
2009 12th China Rally 14–15 November   Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza WRX STi APRC
2010 13th China Rally 6–7 November   Yuya Sumiyama Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X APRC
2011 14th China Rally 4–6 November   Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000 APRC
2012 15th China Rally 26–28 October   Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000 APRC
2013 16th China Rally 2–3 November   Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia S2000 APRC
2014 17th Rally China Longyou 7–9 November   Chris Atkinson[2] Volkswagen Golf SCRC APRC
2015 18th Rally China Longyou[3] 30 October–1 November   Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia R5 APRC
2016 19th Rally China Beijing[4] 8 September–11 September Rally cancelled WRC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rally China cancelled due to weather damage". wrc.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Atkinson wins in China". Rally Australia. Rally Australia. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  3. ^ "APRC – 2015 CHINA RALLY LONGYOU – PREVIEW". Federation Internationale de L'Automobile. FIA.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Rally China – Beijing". World Rally Championship. WRC.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.