Vancouver’s Formula E racing future in question as city removed from tentative schedule
The company behind Vancouver’s first Formula E electric motorsport race said it still hopes to stage the event next year, despite reports that the international circuit has severed ties with the organizers.
“OSS Group continues to work with the City of Vancouver to deliver Canadian E-Fest in the summer of 2023,” One Stop Strategy Group said in a statement sent Friday.
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“OSS Group is working to get all permits in place over the next few months for Formula E to add the event to the 2023 calendar and beyond.”
The response came after Postmedia first reported that the international group that runs the Formula E circuit had severed all contractual agreements with Montreal-based OSS Group.
Vancouver would not be included in the draft race schedule for 2023, which is expected to be released in the coming days, but remains interested in a future race in the city, organizers told Postmedia.
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Formula E did not respond to a request for comment from Global News.
OSS Group confirmed that Vancouver would not appear on the 2023 draft schedule when it was released, but said the schedule would be updated throughout the year.
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He said the canceled contract with Formula E relates to the 2022 event and that “the protocols are such that Formula E and the OSS Group were forced to terminate their contract before the publication of the provisional Formula E calendar” .
In its own statement, the City of Vancouver said it had held “preliminary conversations” with the OSS Group and the Formula E group on the next steps to allow an event in 2023, “with no date yet determined and no contract. of host city currently in place.”
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Vancouver was originally scheduled to host its first-ever E-Prix race at the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship circuit on July 2.
The event was suddenly canceled in April, when the OSS group said it had made the “incredibly difficult decision” to “postpone” Canadian E-Fest to 2023.
The event had already sold around 30,000 tickets at the time.
The OSS said Friday that ticket holders requesting refunds would be contacted in July to begin the process.
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