As predicted earlier by ElectricAutosport.com, the Hong Kong ePrix is to be announced on Friday and will be scheduled for October 2016.
Hong Kong has been working on a Formula E event since early 2013 and was scheduled on the initial inaugural calendar. But the proposed track raised safety questions and different political departments couldn’t act fast enough.
A 2.2-kilometre harbourfront street track will be located in Central. It uses the same Lung Wo Road as proposed initially, but the cars won’t pass the tunnel at high speed. In addition, streets and roundabouts north of the main street will be used to complete the track.
Announced at a press conference at the Central Harbourfront Event space along with the reigning Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, said: “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.”
Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association (HKAA), the SAR’s official motorsport body and the driving force behind the project, said: “I would like to thank the Hong Kong Government, and particularly the Tourism Commission, for their support in helping to make the Hong Kong ePrix a reality. The street circuit will showcase our city to millions around the world, and demonstrate that Hong Kong can stage a major international event of the very highest calibre. The Hong Kong ePrix will be far more than a race; it will be a celebration for the entire community.”
Image in courtesy of South China Morning Post.