Ningbo confirmed in final WTCR calendar slot in China

The Ningbo International Speedpark will host this year’s FIA world Touring Car Cup Race of China, with the venue returning to the schedule after an enforced one-year absence.

Ningbo first hosted World Touring Car racing in 2017 when it featured on the calendar for the FIA WTCC in its final season.

The circuit continued to feature when WTCR took over in 2018 and 2019, whilst last year it was absent due to the series not leaving Europe due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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The circuit will play host to the FIA WTCR Race of China on 6 – 7 November as part of the Asian leg of this year’s calendar, with Inje Speedium in South Korea featuring before and the Circuito da Guia in Macau afterwards as the season finale.

WTCR promoter Eurosport Events and venue owner MiTime Group have signed an agreement for the circuit to return to WTCR.

“The prospect of the WTCR returning to the Ningbo International Speedpark is very exciting and means the calendar for the 2021 season is now complete,” said WTCR Director Xavier Gavory.

“The track’s design promotes great racing, the facilities are to a high standard and we can count on the strong support of our partner MiTime Group to deliver a first-class event.”

Weng Xiaodong, President at MiTime Group, also hinted that he would like to see WTCR visit another new circuit in the future.

“It is a milestone moment that MiTime Group, which has been devoted to motorsports since 2005, could work together with Eurosport Events to make the FIA WTCR event return to China possible,” said Weng.

“We are very confident to make it the best WTCR event in history.

“And as Chengdu Tianfu International Speedpark, an FIA grade 2 circuit and a second MiTime track in China, will be put into use in the first half of next year, we are also looking forward to the possibility of meeting the FIA WTCR drivers and teams in Chengdu in the future.”

All three WTCR events in Asia this year are dependent on the restrictions affecting worldwide travel and freight movement being eased.

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