South Korea secure Formula E race deal for season six

ABB Formula E Championship organisers have announced that South Korea will become the latest addition to the series and host a race for season six.

Set to take place in the capital city of Seoul, race promoter JSM Holdings have agreed a deal with the series to host a race in 2020, part-way through the sixth season of Formula E.

Whilst the exact location is yet to be confirmed and approved by the World Motor Sport Council, the South Korean race organisers and signed a five-year deal for an event.

“I’m extremely excited about the prospect of bringing Formula E to Seoul and this news is a great first step in the right direction,” said Agag.

“Korea and Seoul, in particular, is an ideal venue to host an E-Prix and showcase the best that electric racing has to offer.

“Korea is at the forefront of future-facing developments, leading the way with cutting-edge innovations and recognised as a global trend-setter in the automotive and technology sectors – synergies shared with the overarching vision and concept of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”

In an event at State Tower in Seoul, Moon Jae Sik, CEO of JSM Holdings, added: “This event will show the ongoing development of electric vehicle technology from global automotive brands, using the platform of a truly exciting and competitive racing series.

“It’ll also contribute in attracting tourists from China and Japan, where interest towards the growth of clean transportation and motorsport is high.”

The calendar for season five consists of thirteen races across twelve cities, including New York, Paris, Rome and Monaco.

South Korea’s previous attempts at hosting motorsport events include the Korean Grand Prix, which ran from 2010-2013. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won the inaugural race, before Sebastian Vettel won three races in a row for Red Bull Racing.

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