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The promoters of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) have announced that their next round, the China Rally Zanghye, due to run 7-9 July, had been withdrawn from the series.

It is stated that this decision was for “logistical considerations”.

This is the latest in a line of disappointments for this event, which is being strongly supported by the WRC Promoter for suitable inclusion in the WRC calendar.

Problems started in 2000 when the event was withdrawn from the FIA’s World Rally Championship on five months’ notice, and last year when the event was withdrawn from the WRC three weeks before it was due to run.

Zanghye is an established venue in China rallying, but is located far away from easy access. Trucks take three days to travel from Beijing.

The APRC event was based last year in Zanghye and run as a APRC event when Chris Atkinson won the rally outright in a China championship specification VW Golf. Manfred Stohl won the FIA event and Gaurav Gill was top scoring APRC driver.

- Martin Holmes

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