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Formula E debut in Japan for Hankook iON Race

After the Hankook iON Race’s impressive performance in the Brazilian heat in the latest round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the official Formula E tyre now moves on to the next highlight.

On 30th March, the fully-electric series will make its debut in Japan. Race five of the season will take place on the 2.585-kilometre street circuit around the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre ‘Tokyo Big Sight’.

Awaiting the 22 drivers and the Hankook iON Race is a very technically demanding circuit with tight corners and three high-speed straights.

Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook director motorsport said: “For the first time this season, we are unable to call on any reference values, as Formula E has not previously held any races in Japan.

“However, that was the situation in every race in our first season, and the Hankook iON Race still impressed with its high degree of reliability and performance.

“The circuit in Japan is fast, technically demanding, and promises to be a real highlight on the World Championship calendar. The location right on Tokyo Bay is unique.”

After four races, New Zealander Nick Cassidy from the Jaguar TCS Racing team tops the overall standings with 57 points. His closest rival, Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) trails him by just four points. They are followed in third place with 39 points by Cassidy’s compatriot and team-mate Mitch Evans, and Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Penske).