The FIA World Motor Sports Council has announced China has been provisionally added to the World Rally Championship calendar for 2016, with a 14-event calendar expected to be confirmed next month.

The existing 13 rallies will remain on next year's WRC calendar along with Rally China returning to the international stage. China is yet to be confirmed for next season until it fulfills its requirements set out by the FIA, with a confirmation expected along with full calendar dates in November.

Current speculation forecasts Rally GB will be moved forward to September from its current position as the final round of the championship.

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In addition to the calendar changes, 2016 will also see a series of regulation tweaks. In the interests of safety and fairness P1 competitors running in Rally 2 regulations will restart a rally last in the P1 group.

All entrants must also complete a minimum of 51% of a rally to be awarded full points for their corresponding finishing position and if an entrant completes under that amount required only half points will be allocated.

Provisional 2016 WRC calendar in alphabetical order, dates to be confirmed

Argentina
Australia
China*
Finland
France**
Germany
Great Britain
Italy
Mexico
Monte Carlo**
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden

*Subject to fulfilments of the FIA following Candidate Event in August 2015.

**Subject to formalisation of agreed terms and conditions between WRC Promoter, FIA and the Event before 30 November, 2015.