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Officials probe illegal car racing, betting

OFFICIALS are investigating gambling on illegal car races on weekends in southern China's Dongguan city.

About 100 cars, including luxury models such as Ferrari and Porsche as well as modified Hondas and Hyundais, race around suburban streets in Qishi and Houjie towns after midnight, Nanfang Daily has reported.

The local government has launched an investigation after receiving public reports, the newspaper said.

The latest event saw more than 30 cars roaring around a road in Qishi around 1am on Sunday amid the shouts of hundreds of racing fans from the town and other Guangdong cities such as Guangzhou.

Car owners drive from nearby Dongguan towns, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Betting is carried out to make the racing more exciting, a spectator told the newspaper.

Since most of the cars are unlicensed, the drivers never care about roadside police cameras and drive at racing speed to and from the town, viewers told the Nanfang Daily.


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