Jakpro Still Hopes to Hold Formula E at Monas Next Year

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  • Panasonic Jaguar racers Mitch Evans and Andre Lotterer of the DS Techeetah at the ePrix Santiato circuit, Chile, January 26, 2019. Reuters/Rodrigo Garrido

    Panasonic Jaguar racers Mitch Evans and Andre Lotterer of the DS Techeetah at the ePrix Santiato circuit, Chile, January 26, 2019. Reuters/Rodrigo Garrido

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaFormula E organizer PT Jakarta Propertindo has accepted the decision of the Steering Committee of the Medan Merdeka Area Development that barred them from organizing the car race at the National Monument (Monas) area.

    “We truly respect the decision of the steering committee, and we are ready to search for an alternative in light of the decision,” Jakpro president director Dwi Wahyu Daryoto said in a written statement.

    He added that the organizing committee would immediately find a possible alternative to hold the race. “We as the organizing committee are preparing an alternative location for the Monas area that meet the criteria as the icon of Jakarta and Indonesia,” Dwi said.

    Dwi explained the selection of the new location would also heed input from the central government and other stakeholders so as to make the environmentally-friendly car race a success.

    “The announcement of the circuit location will be made following approval from the FEO and the FIA as the organizing partners of the Jakarta Formula E,” he said.

    Dwi, however, said the organizer hoped the Formula E next year in the capital could be held at the Monas area, which it saw as the icon of both Jakarta and Indonesia and the most ideal location to hold the race.

    “We hope next year we will be allowed to hold it (Formula E) at the Monas area,” he said.

     

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