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Formula E set to lose Cape Town from 2022 calendar

Cape Town was one of three new races.
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Formula E set to lose Cape Town from 2022 calendar

The inaugural Cape Town E-Prix is set to be replaced on the 2021/22 Formula E calendar, with the Mother city expected to defer a race in the city until 2023.

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A prominent motorsport news site reported on Tuesday that the Cape Town E-Prix, which was planned for February 2022, is likely to be taken off the schedule at the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 15 due to ongoing complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the report the main issues are believed to be centered around concerns that construction of the track around Cape Town will not be completed by the scheduled date which was issued by the FIA in July.

“Naturally, as has been experienced everywhere in the world, Covid has had a deep impact on planning,” said Iain Banner, chairman of Cape Town E-Prix, in the report.

“The FIA council will announce the season eight (2022) calendar after its meeting on October 15. Our position is simple. We as promoters and the City of Cape Town have signed a five-plus-five-year contract. I expect we will be racing beyond that, too.”

“So, whether it’s 2022 or 2023 is not a big issue. In fact, it’s a short-term one,” he added.

Cape Town was one of three new races, along with Vancouver – which announced its plans last week – and Seoul, to be originally added for the final season of Gen2 racing next year.

 

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