Australia and Hong Kong plan Formula E debuts

The FIA Formula E Championship is expected to visit Hong Kong and Australia in the 2016/17 season as the sport looks to capitalise on its growing popularity, according to reports emerging today.

According to Motorsport.com, race plans are in an advanced stage and it is expected that the two nations will join China and Malaysia in hosting events as part of the early stages of the sport’s third season.

It was revealed during Formula E’s inaugural year that over 180 cities had declared interested in staging a race, with Montreal and Tokyo also likely to join the calendar in 2016/17.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag spoke with Motorsport.com about the proposition of more races joining the Championship in the near future:

“Probably the first race in season three will be Montreal, and then we go to Asia where we have had very good conversations with Hong Kong, but nothing is announced yet.

“We are talking to two cities in Australia, which will bolt on to the Asian leg at the end of the year. Then we plan to go from Australia to South America.”

Looking further ahead at season four in 2017/18, Agag confirmed that races in Tokyo and New York were being worked on.

“We are having some conversations with New York. It is a good long-term prospect,” said Agag.

“I went to Tokyo where we did the demo last month and met with the governor of Tokyo and it was an excellent meeting.

“They are very keen and we are looking at going through the processes there, but it looks very good.”

The 2015/15 FIA Formula E Championship starts in Beijing on 24th October.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s