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The final round of the 2008 Chinese Rally Championship, Rally Shaowu, takes place this weekend, and having celebrated their maiden CRC victory at China Rally last month, Dean Herridge and SRTC are confident of another good result at Shaowu.

The rally is new to the championship and is held in the Fujian Province, approximately 400 kilometres inland from China's eastern coast and almost half-way between Shanghai and Subaru Rally Team China's base in Shenzen.

"The team and I are obviously very happy and motivated by our success in Longyou," Herridge commented after arriving at the Shaowu service park.

"This rally is once again new to the championship, so there are plenty of unknowns. The new car has come a long way this season and I am really looking forward to the event and trying to finish the season off on a high."

Using the forestry roads that run near Wuyi Mountain, competitors will be faced with 190km of tough competitive stages. But conditions may be made even more difficult than normal. As is usual for CRC events, each leg will feature three runs over a limited number of stages, in this case two stages on Saturday and two on Sunday.

But the size of the field will be larger than normal. The rally is also the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Championship (IRC), and that means Herridge and the other CRC competitors will be driving on roads already used by the Super 2000 and R3-spec cars of the IRC competitors.

"It will be an interesting dynamic to be running behind the IRC cars," Herridge added. "However, it will not be so different to what we have experienced in the APRC and CRC before. It will mainly depend on the road surface and conditions as to how difficult the second and third passes of the stages will become.

“So until we see the stages for the first time on recce, this is an unknown quantity. However it will be great to have some of the leading European rally cars competing in China."

Rally Shaowu kicks off on Friday evening with a Super Special stage, followed by forestry stages on Saturday and Sunday.

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