The FIA Formula E Championship might have a race in Australia from season two. In talks with Speedcafe.com, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and South Australian Motorsport Board CEO Mark Warren have confirmed that talks are in place.
Over two years, the motorsport body have been internally talking about the fully-electric racing series which starts in September. As the events are staged in cities, bringing new technology and a high profile series to the people is appealing for many cities around the world.
And Agag, of course, is interested in expanding to another continent. “We are in conversations with two cities in Australia and we would really like to come to the country for season two”, Agag confirms. “I think at the moment we are focussed on getting the championship going but once it is up and running we will start working on the next venues. We have to put the calendar for our second season together by December this year so by then we will have everything defined.”
Discussions are taken place in an early stage and no proposals have been sent so far. But some are already thinking about possible race locations. A week before or after the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 event would make sense, as Formula E tries to combine its series with an existing street racing event like they are doing in Long Beach.
“They are running on street circuits so there probably are not that many locations that would make sense for them to go, so Adelaide would be a good candidate”, Warren thinks. “The championship is already running within a week or two of other motorsport events and we would probably do the same. It would make sense for us to run it around Clipsal.”
Interest in having the series is however not enough, everything depends on getting the financials in place. Moving the racing series to another continent for a single event makes it a costly journey.