The FIA World Touring Car Championship’s Race of China could have a new home in 2017, with reports claiming that the series will switch from the Shanghai International Circuit to the new Ningbo International Circuit.

The WTCC has visited a number of circuits on the Chinese mainland to-date, with the Shanghai Tianma Circuit playing host to the inaugural round in 2011 before moving to its more permanent home at a shortened version of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit in 2012.

The 2014 season saw two races in China, when the Beijing Goldenport Circuit stepped in as a last-minute replacement for the cancelled round in the United States.

Owned by the Geely Group – the parent company of Volvo – the brand new 4.01-kilometre Ningbo International Circuit is located a short distance from the Zhejiang International Circuit.

The news comes about through confirmation that the China Touring Car Championship and China Formula 4 Championships, which both act as support categories to the WTCC event, will move venues.

A change in venue requires ratification from the FIA World Motor Sport Council. The Race of China is set to take place on the weekend of October 14-15.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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