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SBD Global/December 10, 2013/Events and Attractions

Formula E Bosses Pull The Plug On Electric-Racing Race In Hong Kong

The new Formula E motor racing championship "will not be coming to Hong Kong after the proposed circuit in Central failed to meet the approval of the world auto sports governing body," according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Hong Kong Automobile Association President Lawrence Yu Kam-kee was in Paris last week to see the FIA unveil the calendar for the new electric racing series, "only to see Hong Kong was excluded." Yu: "I'm very disappointed. The Hong Kong race was canceled because the FIA didn't approve the circuit. They said the circuit was not up to their standards. I believe it was not just one part of the circuit, but many parts which did not measure up to expectations." The initial circuit had to be changed after the government ruled that a section of road near the gates to its offices in Admiralty "could not be used." Though the race would have been on a Sunday, the gates "had to remain open" so CEO Leung Chun-ying "could go to work." The alternative route reduced the length of the circuit to 2.4km. Then "another problem arose over a stretch of tarmac on Lung Wo Road in Central" (SCMP, 12/8).
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