Formula E London race given council approval

The prospect of motor racing in central London came a step closer last week, when the Battersea Park Formula E race was given council approval.

Wandsworth Borough Council approved plans by the FIA Formula E series to stage the final race of the season in the capital at the end of June next year.

The decision by the community services overview and scrutiny committee still needs to be rubber stamped by the council’s executive and planning permission will have to be obtained for the temporary structures needed to stage the race.

A final decision on the race was delayed so the Heritage Lottery Fund, which invested in Battersea Park between 1998 and 2003, could carry out its own assessment into the impact the race will have on the venue.

A circuit of around two miles will be laid out around the Park’s perimeter roads. At the moment, it is scheduled for Saturday 27 June, but could become a double-header with a second race on the Sunday.

At the opening round of the series in September, boss Alejandro Agag said that one of the European host venues could stage two races, to bring the itinerary to ten races.

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