London is to get its own international motor race. Agreement has been reached for Formula E championship races to be held in Battersea Park, to follow Moscow as the final two races in the 2014-15 Formula E Championship.
The London ePrix will be the tenth and 11th rounds of the series taking place on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.
The fully electric Formula E championship will compete over a 2.92km, 15-turn circuit in the park.
“Formula E is set to be a superb addition to London’s sporting calendar,” Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said of the news, before launching into the obvious electric puns.
“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.”
Having the final two races of the new Formula E Championship in London is a coup for the series. London is one of the world’s leading news centres and this should ensure that the London ePrix and the championship achieve a high profile.
"The track is in the beautiful Battersea Park, right next to the River Thames, just across from Chelsea and with some of the most famous features of London’s skyline in the background,” British racing driver Sam Bird, who competes for the UK-based Virgin Racing team, said of the circuit layout.
“The layout itself seems to combine fast straights, a couple of high-speed bends, as well as some challenging chicanes and braking zones,” Sam continued. “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!"