The UK leg of the Formula E tour has been given its planning approval by Wandsworth Council, London, to race around Battersea Park.
Not only this, but an additional race has been added to the calendar allowing rounds 10 and 11 to happen on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Discussions for our London Formula E race have been many months in the planning so we’re delighted to be awarded planning approval by Wandsworth Council.
“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, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy.
“We will now begin preparations for bringing urban electric racing to London but of course that means working closely with all parties and local residents’ groups to ensure that we remain sympathetic to all park users.”
This decision does make London stand out from the other cities around the world where Formula E has taken place. In China, Malaysia, Uruguay and Argentina where the races have already taken place they were held on normal streets closed off specially for the race.
Battersea Park, in London, on the other hand, is a 200 acre green space in London. While in the city centre – located on the south bank of the river Thames – it isn’t exactly a ‘city circuit’.
However, Sam Bird, a diver for the UK-based Virgin Racing Team, had nothing but praise for the circuit, saying: “The layout itself seems to combine fast straights, a couple of high-speed bends, as well as some challenging chicanes and braking zones. I think the London ePrix spectators will be treated to some close, fast racing with plenty of action and overtaking. The organisers have done a good job with this layout and I can’t wait to race there, in front of my home crowd!”
The route comprises 15 turns over 2.92km (1.8 miles) and has been designed with the help of British architect Simon Gibbons who also designed the track for the Melaysian race.
The next race planned in the Formula E series will be held in Miami on 14 March.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, unafraid to make puns on electrical terms, said: “Formula E is set to be a superb addition to London’s sporting calendar. 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.”
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