Formula E fans’ forum to be held in London ahead of ePrix

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Racing enthusiasts will get a chance to put their questions to a panel of FIA Formula E drivers in a fans’ forum ahead of the championship’s finale in London at the end of the month.

Following the success of the fans’ forums organized by the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) and the COTA Forum held in Austin, Texas ahead of last year’s United States Grand Prix, a similar event has been confirmed ahead of the London ePrix.

Former FOTA secretary general Oliver Weingarten announced earlier this week that the fans’ forum would be held in London featuring a number of drivers and figures that feature in the series.

Championship contenders Nelson Piquet Jr and Sebastien Buemi will be joined by Jean-Eric Vergne and Karun Chandhok for the fans’ forum, taking place at Planet Hollywood in Haymarket, London on Thursday 25th June.

As per the other forums, entry to the Formula E fans’ forum will be free, with registration available via this link.

Following FOTA’s disbanding in 2014, Weingarten has since set up his own sports advisory and fan engagement agency, organizing fans’ forums for sports such as darts with more planned in the future due to the successful concept.

His hope is that this inaugural fans’ forum will set a precedent for future Formula E events to tie in with the series’ fan-focused approach.

“There is a lot of excitement ahead of the London ePrix and the fans’ forum has now added to that sense of anticipation,” Weingarten told MotorSportsTalk.

“I am a big believer in the fans connecting with the sport, and Formula E has always shown itself from the outset to be a big supporter of fan engagement.

“I would like to thank Formula E for sanctioning the forum, and believe that the demand over the last twenty four hours in respect of registrations shows that the UK public have swiftly adopted Formula E, and are excited about meeting drivers like Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastien Buemi, Karun Chandhok and Nelson Piquet Jr.

“The hope is that this forum will provide a template for others, and attract sponsors in future.”

The London ePrix takes place on June 27 and 28 at Battersea Park, acting as the final two rounds of the inaugural Formula E season.

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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