London will host the final two rounds of the 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship after its proposed event in Battersea Park was given the green light.

The city had always planned to host the season-concluding round of the season, but was still subject to approval from Wandsworth City Council. This has now been ratified, paving the way for a layout to be devised around Battersea Park, where it will host two races over two days on June 27-28.

The event, which will be overseen by MSVR, will see the creation of a 15-turn 2.92km road course, which will encompass the boating lake and run alongside the River Thames.

"Discussions for our London Formula E race have been many months in the planning so we're delighted to be awarded planning approval by Wandsworth Council," said Formula E CEO Alejando Agag. "Our thanks must go to all the parties involved for their hardwork and co-operation, especially Mayor Boris Johnson, Wandsworth Council and the various stakeholder groups with interests in the location.

"Having two races in London - the final two of the season - was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy. We will now begin preparations for bringing urban electric racing to London but of course that means working closely with all parties and local residents' groups to ensure that we remain sympathetic to all park users."

"Formula E is set to be a superb addition to London's sporting calendar," added Mayor Boris Johnson. "The atmosphere will quite literally be electric and Battersea, which is already booming with the buzz of regeneration, will be alive with the excitement that this new, world-class event will no doubt spark."

 

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