Date
21 August 2017
An electric racing car is shown against the Hong Kong skyline. Hong Kong's inaugural Formula ePrix will be held on the Central waterfront in October. Photo: http://www.hkformulae.com
An electric racing car is shown against the Hong Kong skyline. Hong Kong's inaugural Formula ePrix will be held on the Central waterfront in October. Photo: http://www.hkformulae.com

Tickets go on sale for inaugural Hong Kong Formula E car race

Hong Kong makes its debut in the nascent FIA Formula E series in October, with hopes of making it a signature tourist event.

That would also boost efforts to turn Hong Kong into an events capital in Asia, Sing Tao Daily reports, citing Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So.

So said he expects high-spending racing enthusiasts from around the world to come to Hong Kong for the Oct.8-9 championship.

The race will be held in a two-kilometer circuit on the Central waterfront against a backdrop of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline.

The course includes navigating 10 turns and a 555-meter stretch.

Ma Qing-hua, the only Chinese entry in the race, called it “very challenging”.

Tickets are priced at HK$2,380 for grandstand seats for adults and HK$1,190 for children and seniors.

About 2,000 tickets have gone on sale. 

Alan Fang, chief executive of Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong), said more tickets will be released for choice seats in Tamar Park and the Hong Kong Observation Wheel.

Fans can also watch the race on giant screens in tents around the venue.

The FIA Formula E Championship is a type of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars.

It features 10 teams with two drivers each from different electric car manufacturers.

The series was launched in 2012 and the inaugural championship was held in Beijing two years later.

The calendar consists of 10 races in nine different cities.

The current season started in October 2015 and will end in July 2016 with two championship races in London.

Brazilian Lucas di Grassi of Audi is leading the championship, 11 points ahead of Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi.

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