Formula E opener at Beijing postponed to October 24

Beijing, Sep 9 (IANS) The opening round of the second season of the Formula E Championship has been delayed by a week and will now take place on October 24.

The Beijing authorities made a request on September 7 to Formula E Holdings to postpone the race by a week due to other events taking place at the Olympic Park from October 16 to 18.

The season opening Beijing ePrix will be held at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit, the venue for the first ever Formula E race.

“While it is regrettable that the date of the opening race has had to be delayed by one week, we understand the logistical difficulties in staging conflicting events,” Formula E chief executive officer Alejandro Agag said on Wednesday.

“Together with our partners and the authorities, we therefore decided that the best course of action was to move our race by one week. We remain confident that despite the date change the Beijing ePrix will provide for a spectacular start to the second season of our championship.”

The date change does not affect the rest of the calendar.

2015-2016 Formula E Championship calendar:

October 24, 2015 – Beijing ePrix

November 7, 2015 – Putrajaya ePrix

December 19, 2015 – Punta del Este ePrix

February 6, 2016 – Buenos Aires ePrix

March 19, 2016 – TBC

April 2, 2016 – Long Beach ePrix

April 23, 2016 – Paris ePrix

May 21, 2016 – Berlin ePrix

June 4, 2016 – Moscow ePrix

TBC, 2016 – London ePrix

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