2017 ePrix curtain raiser in Hong Kong to offer free admission to 20,000 visitors
3rd August 2017
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The new Formula E campaign, which took the streets of Central by storm last year, is set to make a dramatic return to Hong Kong in December.
The city will play host to the curtain raiser of the prestigious electric street racing event, where 20 world-class drivers representing 10 international teams will congregate and compete.
This time, organisers have upped the ante by not only scheduling two separate championship races on December 2 and 3, but are also giving away 20,000 tickets granting entry to the eVillage fan zone (tickets previously cost $300).
In order to accommodate a large influx in spectators, three grandstands will be erected along the track's 555-metre main straight at Lung Wo Road to accommodate 14,800 fans over the weekend.
The eVillage will too see its facilities expanded to provide entertainment for all ages, ensuring a fun day out for the 41,000 visitors expected to attend the two-day event.
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Alan Fang, chief executive of organisers Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong), said he was “very excited” the street series will return to the city.
“Anyone with a Hong Kong ID [card] or any tourist with a passport can go to our website and register. We’ll be doing the ballot in October,” said Fang.
“Hopefully, we can get more engagement from the Hong Kong public to come to the races as well."
Ali Russell, chief marketing officer of Formula E Holdings, said Hong Kong had the potential to become Formula E’s Monaco, referring to Formula One’s famous street race in Europe.
“The location is spectacular, right on the edge of Victoria Harbour with the skyline. It’s magnificent,” he said.
“Hong Kong has been imperative to the company’s growth and awareness across the world over the past 12 months.
“The inaugural 2016 Hong Kong ePrix opened the world’s eyes to the electric street racing series and the support we have received in Asia has made it a key market for us.
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Tickets for the Tamar Park grandstand, offering the event’s premier viewing opportunities, are priced at HK$2,880 for an adult for a single day pass and HK$4,780 for an adult weekend pass. The Lung Wo Road and Observation Wheel Grandstands will retail for HK$2,380 for single-day and HK$4,280 for the weekend pass.
Daily concession tickets for youth (aged 5 to 12) and seniors (65 years and over) will be offered at HK$1,440 for the Tamar Park grandstand and HK$1,190 for the Observation Wheel and Lung Wo Road grandstands.
Full weekend concession prices are HK$2,390 and HK$2,140 for the Tamar Park and Lung Wo Road and Observation Wheel grandstands respectively.