Here are the details from the WRC.

WRC Promoter confirms 2016 championship dates The 14-round championship will begin with the traditional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and will feature a mix of gravel, asphalt, snow and ice action across five continents to find the world’s best all-round driver. Exciting innovations for 2016 are: ·

Asia becomes the fifth continent to join the WRC with Rally China returning 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. Huairou, which hosted the 1999 rally, benefited from huge investment ahead of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting. ·

Rally Australia will move from its September date in 2014 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. It will be based in Wales on 28 - 30 October, following the completion of Britain’s national rally calendar, preserving the likelihood of tricky late-year conditions which make the event so challenging. Following this year’s event, celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment will kick-start the 2016 championship at a opening in Monaco immediately ahead of the start of Rallye Monte-Carlo.

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla said the 2016 calendar offered a mix of tradition and innovation. “It brings an enticing blend of the WRC’s heritage, in the form of classic and long-standing events such as Sweden, Argentina and Finland, with a new and exciting challenge on asphalt roads in China,” he said. “WRC Promoter has signed a multi-year agreement with Letv Sports to promote the event alongside the Federation of Automobile Sports of China. “Letv today is one of the world’s largest acquirers of sports rights and WRC joins a portfolio which also includes Formula 1 and the English Premier League. We welcome China back to the series and look forward to working with a successful and highly experienced organisation. “China is the biggest car market globally and by taking the WRC there, we offer manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products via a championship focused on production-based vehicles. Its return was unanimously supported by our participating manufacturers.”

The 2016 calendar is:

1. Monte-Carlo* 22 - 24 January

2.Sweden 12 - 14 February

3. Mexico 4 - 6 March

4. Argentina 22 - 24 April

5. Portugal 20 - 22 May

6. Italy 10 - 12 June

7. Poland 1 - 3 July

8. Finland 29 - 31 July

9. Germany 19 - 21 August

10. China** 9 - 11 September

11. France* 30 September - 2 October

12. Spain 14 - 16 October

13. Great Britain 28 - 30 October

14. Australia 18 - 20 November

* Inclusion remains subject to formalisation of contracts with FIA and WRC Promoter ** Inclusion remains subject to fulfilment of FIA requirements after candidate event