Formula E will visit Hong Kong for the first time on the 9th of October 2016, with the inaugural running of the Hong Kong ePrix. The race was originally scheduled for the first season of the all-electric racing series, and will now take place at the start of its third season.
The circuit, still subject to FIA approval, will feature 10 corners and run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry. It is expected to be one of the quickest circuits on the calendar, with top speeds of up to 140mph (225kph). It features a long start-finish straight followed by a tight hairpin at turn 1 and an even longer straight going into turn 2, where FanBoost could theoretically be utilised very effectively.
Nelson Piquet Jr, the inaugural FIA Formula E champion, was on hand in Hong Kong as the race was officially unveiled. The race will take place exactly one year from today, on Saturday 9th October 2016. It is not yet known whether this will be in place of the Beijing ePrix, season opener in both of the first two campaigns, or as a double-header with the race in the Chinese capital.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was delighted to add the event to the season 3 calendar, saying: “The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights on the FIA Formula E Championship calendar. As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”
The second Formula E season kicks off in Beijing on the 24th of October – just fifteen days away.
Article by Laurence Thorn
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