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Seoul Olympic Stadium Track Revealed

An Olympic Stadium circuit for next year’s inaugural Seoul E-Prix has been revealed…

Photo: Seoul Olympic Stadium

The inaugural Seoul E-Prix has been launched today in a ceremony in the South Korean capital, with an Olympic Stadium circuit layout presented.

The race will take place on May 3, 2020, and was included on the 2019-20 draft calendar released last month.

The 17-corner, 1.78-mile track was unveiled to local media and partners on Tuesday, with the circuit located in and around the stadium that hosted the 1988 Olympic Games.

E-racing365 first reported plans for a Seoul E-Prix last year and an initial deal to host one was confirmed a few months ago.

The May 3 date is understood to be attractive due to the period’s long national holiday centered around Buddha’s birthday, with around 35 percent of the country following Buddhism.

The circuit will be located in the Songpa district and will consist of perimeter roads around the stadium, known as the Jamsil Stadium or colloquially as Hanja.

A specially-built loop around the stadium will see the cars negotiate a long sweeping right-hand corner before exiting the stadium and completing the lap.

The Jamsil Stadium, which is close to the banks of the Han River, has also hosted several high-profile rock and pop concerts including Roger Waters, Sir Paul McCartney and Muse.

“I’m so excited to be coming to Korea and the streets of Seoul for the first time with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season,” said Formula E founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.

“Seoul is such a vibrant and versatile city with sporting heritage and experience in hosting international events.

“Formula E will be showcasing speed and performance at the former Olympic venue, using a unique track with a spectacular stadium section.”

A feasibility study on candidate areas including Gwanghwamun and the City Hall Square was completed last summer but the Olympic Stadium circuit is believed to have been successful largely due to the relative lack of disruption it will cause the city.

Formula E senior staff including Alejandro Agag and Frederic Espinos attended the event along with event promoter and organizer JSM Holdings. Formula E agreed a five-year deal with JSM earlier this year.

South Korea has experience of hosting major international motorsports events as it ran the Formula 3 Super Prix on the streets of Changwon from 1999-2003 and, more recently, Formula 1 at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam from 2010-13.

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Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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