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Yim: Second Chinese Race a “Perfect Fit”

A race in Shanghai or Guangzhou are potential possibilities for the TBA March date…

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A race in either Shanghai or Guangzhou would both be “perfect fits” for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, according to Techeetah Managing Director Ivan Yim.

A slot in the calendar on Mar. 23 has been allocated to a race on mainland China with Formula E believed to be in negotiations with Shanghai and at least one other major Chinese city.

A race in the Chinese capital of Shanghai would be a major attraction for the championship as the Shanghai Auto Show, one of the world’s biggest automotive meeting points, takes place around the same time of the year.

Yim believes that the as yet unannounced second race to run under a Chinese flag next March will be a significant milestone for the all-electric championship.

“A race in China is obviously very attractive for us and I think for all the manufacturers,” Yim told e-racing365.

“In March/April time there is a perfect storm of automotive and technology industry in China with various shows and events. To have a race in a big city like Shanghai or Guangzhou would be fantastic.

“We know that Formula E Holdings is working very hard to make something very attractive happen but we don’t have the details yet, but the first statement came yesterday with the slot on the calendar so I think we can start to be excited.”

While not stating a preference for where Formula E races in China, Yim said that Guangzhou would also be a good fit for Formula E.

“Guangzhou the city and the whole province is mega and very cosmopolitan,” said Yim.

“We are talking about a catchment of 120 to 130 million people so it has plenty of attractions. I could see it working nicely there too, s hopefully there is an element of choice.”

E-racing365 has been told that Formula E could be in a position to confirm where the March race will be held at the New York City finale next month.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    June 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    A race in China is very attractive for the championship and its partners because the young Chinese consumer base is more open to the idea of buying an electric car as they aren’t tight to any previous concept of car ownership. Just because of that China will lead the EV revolution and FE has to be part of this movement if it wants ever to succeed.

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