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Formula E Chinese Return Confirmed with Sanya Race

Formula E race in Hainan to go ahead as series returns to China…

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The return of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to China has been confirmed with a race in Sanya on the island of Hainan revealed on Tuesday.

The tourist destination located on the southern tip of Hainan, overlooking the South China Sea, will host round six of the season on March 23.

Formula E previously raced in Beijing in the first two seasons with the Chinese capital hosting the first ever round of the championship in Sept. 2014.

As first reported by e-racing365 in February, a race in Hainan has been in the works for several months although the probability of it happening has been questioned since.

The suitability of the proposed circuit was later brought into question, casting doubt over the likelihood of the race.

The track layout which will be used in next year’s race will be revealed at a later date.

“Bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship back to Mainland China is an important step in a key territory for the series and a market that’s instrumental to the continued development and uptake of electric vehicles globally,” said Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.

“Sanya is an idyllic setting for a Formula E race – not just with the stunning views on the shores of the South China Sea – but for the ongoing efforts of Hainan in the field of electric mobility, which has led to Sanya boasting the best air quality of any city in China.”

The Sanya E-Prix will be held two weeks after the Hong Kong race which has been moved from its season-opening date to early March.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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