London’s Battersea Park has been given the green light to host the first ever London ePrix.
Planning permission was granted by Wandsworth Council to stage the two day event in the capital’s iconic riverside Park on the weekend of the 27th and 28th June, completing the inaugural Formula-E season.
The two races will take place on a specially created 15 turn, 2.92km circuit designed by Formula-E’s London Event Team together with British architect Simon Gibbons. Preparation works will begin in the park next month.
The two race format will be a new concept for Formula-E and it’s something FE boss Alejandro Agag is pleased to see.
“Having two races in London – the final two of the season – was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned,” said Agag
“Making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson believes that the race, which will be held on public roads and alongside the river thames will be a great addition to the city.
“The atmosphere will quite literally be electric and Battersea, which is already booming with the buzz of regeneration, will be alive with the excitement that this new, world-class event will no doubt spark.” said Johnson.
The addition of the second London race and a race on the streets of Moscow means that the inaugural Formula E season will now feature 11 races.
Formula E returns on March 14 for the fifth round in Miami, with Brazilian Lucas di Grassi leading the championship.
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