After a seven-month break between Chinese Rally Championships, David Higgins has returned to the far east to prepare for the season opening Jiangning Rally.

It has been three months since Higgins and his co-driver Ieuan Thomas competed together, on the Bulldog Historic Rally in a Ford Escort Mk1. A pre-event accident where a piece of metal pierced through David's hand, and work commitments at the family rally school, ruled them out of the Pirelli Historic and the trip to China will now mark a return to competition.

"It will be great to get back into a rally car after so long and fantastic to finally get back out on the stages in China after the huge break between championships out there," he said. "As usual with China, we will have a hefty test of the Mitsubishi Lancer E9 before the rally when we get out there with the team, and we are with the WY rally team again this year so we all know each other and work together well."

The pair remain a force to be reckoned with in the championship having won a record number of events over the last two seasons. But this month the Jiangning Rally will be a new test for everyone involved.

"The Jiangning Rally is a new event for all of us in the Chinese championship," Higgins continued. "That's always a good leveller across the field, we have no idea what it will be like apart from knowing there will be six stages and a super special on Friday, six stages on Saturday and four stages on Sunday. I like the challenges doing a totally new event in a championship bring with it and that's important to the competitors to keep the championship refreshed and more interesting.

"One challenge that I'm not looking forward to though is the heat, it's already 38 degrees out in that area of China and could get even hotter. That could make things very difficult - especially for two guys who are more used to the weather we get on Rally GB in Wales."