After months of deliberations, the London round of the inaugural Formula E Championship has been given the green light, with Battersea Park confirmed to host a double-header over the weekend of 27 and 28 June 2015.
Wandsworth Council have agreed to allow the Formula E Championship to race within the grounds of Battersea Park for rounds ten and eleven of the season, with the first race on Saturday 27 June.
The fifteen-turn, 2.92km circuit has been designed by Formula E’s London Event Team in collaboration with British architect Simon Gibbons.
Alejandro Agag, the CEO of Formula E, welcomed the decision to allow his series to race in London in 2015, and thanked everyone involved for making the double-header weekend possible.
“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,” said Mr Agag. “Our thanks must go to all the parties involved for their hardwork and co-operation, especially Mayor Boris Johnson, Wandsworth Council and the various stakeholder groups with interests in the location.
“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.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, believes Formula E will be a great addition to the sporting calendar of the Capital city, and believes people from the area will be excited about the series’ presence.
“Formula E is set to be a superb addition to London’s sporting calendar,” said Mr Johnson. “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.”
In addition to Formula E, spectators will also be able to see the FE School Series in action, where children from ten local schools compete on the full circuit in self-assembled electric kit cars, in a series organised by UK Charity Greenpower.