A new event was announced at the Shanghai Motor Show during a very unique Dakar Tour: the first edition of the Dakar Series China Rally will be held from September 24-30 in Inner Mongolia.Open to car crews, the rally organized by FB Life Racing Planet and A.S.O. is a stepping stone towards the Dakar for the many Chinese competitors who are getting their start in the sport.

These newcomers have someone to aspire to. In 2015, Yong Zhou finished 13th overall on the Dakar in his seventh participation. He set the bar for all other Chinese competitors to reach on the Dakar and the next generation is ready to take it to the next level.

Off-road racing interest is taking hold in China, recalled Xin Hua, the founding President of FB Life Racing Planet, the biggest motor sports enthusiast community in China, during the Shanghai Auto Show.

The drivers, who have essentially competed amongst themselves, will now take part in a world-class event. Starting this coming September, the Dakar Series China Rally that will be held in Inner Mongolia will feature the best teams from around China, with the aim of offering them an intermediate challenge capable of raising them to the level needed if they are to one day take part in the Dakar.

With Alxa serving as the start and arrival city, and during six days of competition programmed, the physical and technical aptitudes of the competitors will be to the test on dune stages in the heart of the legendary Badan Jaran and Tengger Deserts. The region will lend itself perfectly for a test rally for the drivers and teams who plan to race for the win in the 2018 Dakar, as well as for those who will take part in their maiden Dakar next January. This will be the case, for example, for the best Chinese crew, who will win free entry for the 2018 Dakar, provided they never participated in it before.

FB Life: With a community of 7.5 million active members, FB Life is an outdoor culture group as well as a media giant and E-commerce platform. Also, through FB Life Racing Planet, it offers a new international platform focusing on technology and events such as the Dakar Series China Rally and the HERO Alxa festival, bringing together nearly 2 million people.