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Cars race around Bird's Nest

CHINA'S Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing will turn into a race track tonight for the first major event at the venue since the Olympics last year.

The Race of Champions, which draws drivers from varying forms of motorsport such as world rallying, Formula 1 and world touring cars, will open at the Bird's Nest tonight, according to Xinming Evening News today.

This is the first time the Race of Champions has been staged outside Europe. Chinese race-car drivers, including Shanghai writer and driver Hanhan, will take part in the qualifying match tonight to win a chance to compete the world's best drivers.

Stars including Michael Schumacher will arrive in Beijing tonight for the event, which will be broadcast live on television across the world.

The Bird's Nest took just a week to be transformed into a 1,160-meter long track. It's half a meter wider than regular race tracks, which could lead to top speeds of 150 kilometers an hour, according to the report.

Bamboo was used to protect the original surface. The race track's gravel and asphalt surface will be removed after the event finished on November 4.


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