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Formula E confirms Jakarta race deal

The Formula E electric car-racing series has confirmed today (Friday) that it will race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta for the first time in 2020.

The first ever Jakarta ePrix will take place on June 6 next year, with the circuit to incorporate the city’s iconic National Monument tower. The race is subject to circuit homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

Jakarta joins Seoul and London as new race cities on the 2019-20 Formula E calendar. The series struck a five-year deal with Seoul in November last year, while it announced plans to bring an innovative indoor-to-outdoor race to London back in March.

It emerged in July that Formula E was in advanced talks over a race deal for Jakarta after the city’s Governor Anies Baswedan said an agreement was close. The deal has now been confirmed, with specific details of the track layout to be revealed at a later date.

Alberto Longo, co-founder and chief championship officer of Formula E, said: “Indonesia already has an affinity with motorsport – hosting races and events in the past and developing drivers who’ve progressed up the ladder – as well as having an extremely engaged and growing fanbase.

“On top of that, it’s also an emerging market for electric vehicles, with increased investment already being made to push production and clean up the air around the cities. Formula E wants to play a part in that positive change and with the most competitive grid of manufacturers in motorsport, I can’t wait to go green in Jakarta on June 6 next year.”

The deal further cements Formula E’s presence in Asia, with the series already holding an event in Hong Kong. Formula E said an updated calendar and full list of dates and destinations for the 2019-20 season would be announced following the next FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in October.

Earlier this week, Formula E appointed Jamie Reigle as its new chief executive. Reigle, who previously served as executive vice-president of business operations at NFL American football franchise the Los Angeles Rams, replaces Alejandro Agag as chief executive, with the Spaniard making the move to chairman of the series.