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140mph broadband speeds: HKT named as sponsors for inaugural Hong Kong Formula E showpiece

Local telecommunications provider will be principal sponsor for HK$300 million electro race around Central district

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 12:32pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 3:16pm

Hong Kong’s inaugural Formula E race in October awarded its title sponsorship to HKT on Thursday.

With strong support from HKT, we look forward to getting the racing fans, tourists and Hong Kong people involved in the Formula E race and entertainments
Alan Fang, CEO of Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong)

The telecommunications service provider said they will provide a fibre-optic broadband network and other latest technologies to support live broadcast. They said other interactive experiences will also be available for racegoers.

“With strong support from HKT, we look forward to getting the racing fans, tourists and Hong Kong people involved in the Formula E race and entertainments, all designed to help put Hong Kong on the road to a greener future. This will become a massive event of Hong Kong,” said Alan Fang, chief executive officer with Formula Electric Racing (Hong Kong).

The 2.2 kilometre street circuit race on the Central harbourfront on October 9 is a leg of the FIA Formula E global circuit in the 2016–17 season.

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Reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jnr joined Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at the announcement of the inaugural Hong Kong leg last year and will return for the race.

The star Brazilian driver will be joined by Bruno Senna, nephew of the late three-time world champion Aryton, in the race at Lung Wo Road.

The HKT Hong Kong ePrix will cost up to HK$300 million. The organisers expect to sell around 40,000 tickets, ranging from less than $500 to around $10,000. The top-priced tickets will include VIP access and catering.

A support race for young rising stars, the first of the kind in the series, will also be held.

Watch Nelson Piquet Jnr at October’s announcement of the Hong Kong ePrix