formula e set to revive birmingham superprix

19:00    10 May 2018

Chase Carey (USA) Formula One Group Chairman with Alejandro Agag (ESP) Formula E Holdings CEO
Formula E organisers and Andy Street, the Mayor of West Midlands, are reportedly in advanced negotiations for the series to hold a race in Birmingham during the 2018/19 season.

This would see a Birmingham ePrix join the Formula E calendar and revive the Birmingham Superprix which took place between 1986 and 1990.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has expressed a desire to bring the series back to Britain. Formula E was last held at Battersea Park in London in 2016, but was dropped from the calendar.

Street pledged to host a street race in Birmingham as part of his May 2017 election manifesto, which ties in perfectly with Agag’s interest in returning to the UK.

“Over the last year, we have been in negotiations with the organisers of the FIA Formula E Championship about bringing a road race to Birmingham, effectively reviving the Superprix,” Street told Motorsport.com.

He added: “We are now in the advanced stages of these negotiations, [and] we are eager for two main reasons.

“First, it means we can showcase to the world the changing face of Birmingham city centre which has seen unprecedented investment in recent years.

“Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it showcases our region’s position as a world leader in next generation automotive technologies. So much of the engineering that goes into the cars already used in Formula E racing comes from the West Midlands, it makes perfect sense we should be hosting such events.

“If we are successful in concluding the deal, this Formula E race will take place next summer on a route similar to the one used in the original Superprix.”
 

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