Jakarta. Jakarta finally chose the seaside resort of Ancol as the venue for the Formula E race, which will take place on April 4.
“Why was Ancol chosen? Ancol is dynamic. It is the icon of Jakarta and does not interfere with the public roads and infrastructure, ”the head of the Organizing Committee of Formula E Jakarta 2022, Ahmad Sahroni, told the press.
According to Sahroni, Ancol meets the standards of Formula E Operations (FEO) and the World Racing Association, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Ancol was selected over other venues such as the Bung Karno Sports Complex and Sudirman Street, where racing would require the surrounding streets and areas to be closed for a few days.
For the same reason, the original plan to stop racing at Monas has been dropped, he said.
The construction of the track in Ancol will follow the specifications of the FEO and FIA. It will also use existing roads around Ancol with some modifications.
“Construction of the line is expected to be completed in April 2022,” said Sahroni.
“The paddock, the stage and the grandstand are semi-permanent, so it only takes a month to set up,” he added.
The Formula E Jakarta lap hangs after organizers were denied permission to host the Monas race and amid budget embezzlement allegations after the inaugural Jakarta race was canceled for the second time this year.
Sahroni said the organizing committee had allocated a budget of 100 billion rupees that did not come from the city budget.