It wasn’t just the newly crowned FIA Formula E champion Nelson Piquet that was spraying champagne yesterday as GL events was also celebrating the final round of the all-electric race series at London’s Battersea Park and an amazing first season.
As Official Global Overlay Partner, GL events has travelled the world for the ten rounds taking place across the globe in places such as Miami, Beijing, Moscow, Buenos Aires and finally London, working alongside the event organisers to provide all the infrastructure for each of the race events.
Because each circuit and location is different, each e-Prix requires a bespoke infrastructure to support the race. GL events has worked closely with Formula E Holdings to provide a solution to adapt to the requirements of each individual city, including all design and build, and internal fit out.
The London ePrix encompassed two races – Rounds 10 and 11 – with 20 electric cars racing on the Battersea Park 2.9km anti-clockwise circuit that used the existing perimeter roads of the park. The London double-header was a spectacular conclusion to the first season of racing with drivers tackling a mixture of fast straights, high-speed bends, challenging chicanes and braking zones in the final battle for the Championship title.
GL events provided over 13,000sqm of infrastructure around the track for the eVillage, Pit Garages, Race Control, Media and TV compound, Catering and Medical facilities and a state of the art Double Deck structure for The E-motion Club; the most prestigious tier of Formula E hospitality with its fantastic viewing balcony.
Scott Hayward, Managing Director of GL events UK, said: “It’s been an amazing year and I’m proud to have been such an integral part of a new era of motorsport. This contract has been the product of hard work and dedication, working with Formula E to develop an evolving framework for each race. By working so closely, we have demonstrated our flexibility and given the Organisers’ unquestionable confidence in our ability to deliver this innovative event.
“The two day event in London was a fantastic end to the season; hosting the championship final shows confidence in our capital city and our ability to stage the biggest and the best global sporting events.”
Scott’s views are shared with Formula E’s CEO Alejandro Agag, who said: “Even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have come up with an ending like that. This has been an amazing day and this is what we wanted to do, to bring great racing to the cities and we made it today. We’ve seen great quality and great racing and we made it to the end of the season so we are extremely satisfied with the outcome of the season.
“I think the London ePrix definitely has a great future. If we look at how this year went, and if we look at how happy the people were here for the race, they were all so happy to be able to see this racing in London.”