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The wide-open 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship concludes in Qatar on 1 December. Here’s what’s coming up over the next few months.

WTCC Race of China, 13-15 October

Ningbo International Speedpark is a new destination for the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017 and replaces the Shanghai International Circuit – a facility some 215 kilometres to the north – as the new home of WTCC Race of China. A major port and industrial hub, Ningbo has a population of more than seven million.

WTCC Race of Japan, 27-29 October

Twin Ring Motegi, in the Tochigi Prefecture 145 kilometres north of the capital Tokyo, is home of WTCC Race of Japan for the third year running following four successful seasons at Suzuka and three at Okayama. Motegi’s long straights and braking zones always deliver great WTCC action, while two crossover points produce spectacular photography. Oval and traditional road course aside, Twin Ring Motegi houses a hotel, kart track, safer driving centre plus the impressive Honda Collection Hall with its vast displays of two- and four-wheel machinery.

WTCC Race of Macau, 16-19 November

Macau’s Circuito da Guia blends twisty turns and narrow blasts with long, wide-open straights and sweeping corners, plus gradient changes, to create one of the most challenging and spectacular street circuits on the planet. After two years away, the world’s fastest international touring car series returns to the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, restoring the famous Guia Race to its former glory in the process. Previously forming the closing event of the WTCC season, Macau will now host the penultimate weekend of the campaign.

WTCC Race of Qatar, 30 November-1 December (pictured)

Opened in 2004, the Losail International Circuit can operate 24 hours a day thanks to a state-of-the-art floodlighting system, which meant the WTCC’s first visit to the Middle East in 2015 took place under the cover of darkness for a memorable season finale, which also marked Qatar’s maiden WTCC appearance with a Friday night spectacular. Losail has staged MotoGP races from the outset with Sete Gibernau winning the inaugural race for Honda in 2004. The track is a 30-minute drive from the capital Doha.

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