Double treat - Formula E returns to HK with two days of racing

Sports | 21 Jun 2017

Formula E, the world's premier electric street racing series, will roar back into Hong Kong with two days of world-class racing on the weekend of December 2 and 3.

The second Hong Kong ePrix will kick-start Formula E's fourth season after the global schedule was announced by the International Automobile Federation.

The inaugural race, won by Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi for Renault last year, saw the return of premier motorsports action to the city for the first time in more than 30 years. More than 20,000 people attended the event as the SAR achieved what many thought would be impossible: host an international open-wheel, single-seat racing event in the heart of the city.

In recognition of the strong support for motorsport in Hong Kong, FIA and Formula E have given the Hong Kong ePrix doubleheader status, making it the first Formula E event in Asia to host a dual race competition.

The hosting of two separate races on Saturday and Sunday offers an expanded schedule of racing action on one of the tightest and most technically challenging tracks on the global circuit. Each day will feature a full series of qualifying and Super Pole competition followed by a Hong Kong ePrix race.

"We are excited to bring the Hong Kong ePrix back to the streets of Central," said Alan Fang, chief executive of organizers FERHK.

"Once again Hong Kong has been granted pride of place as the opening event on the global Formula E circuit and the first-ever Asian ePrix to host a doubleheader.

"We look forward to kicking off a fantastic fourth season with all of the energy and entertainment for which both Formula E and Hong Kong are renowned."

New elements will be added to the December event, Fang added, as organizers "encourage all of Hong Kong to embrace the event's message of 'Create Your Future'."

Only New York City and Montreal, in Canada, are scheduled to host doubleheaders this season. Rome, Santiago and Sao Paulo are the new stops added to the calendar. Races will also be held in Paris, Mexico, Germany and the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

"The government will continue to fully support the organizer to host this top-notch car racing event again in Hong Kong," said Commerce Secretary Gregory So.

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