FE plan es­ports race for driv­ers and se­ries fans

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For­mula E bosses are plan­ning to run a new es­ports cham­pi­onship with a large cash jackpot in Las Ve­gas in Ja­nu­ray.

FE head Ale­jan­dro Agag is in­ves­ti­gat­ing run­ning a vir­tual rac­ing shootout dur­ing the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Ne­vada on Jan­uary 5-8, and could put driv­ers head-to-head with fans for a large cash prize.

For­mula E reg­u­larly runs Race-off events pit­ting cur­rent driv­ers against fans dur­ing race week­ends, and Agag has had the con­cept to fill in some of the lengthy gaps be­tween real race events in the 2016/17 sea­son (see story be­low).

Along­side cur­rent FE driv­ers five fans would be able to qualify to join them, with details on the process ex­pected later this year.

Agag was coy on the ex­act amount of money on of­fer, but said it would be in ex­cess of six fig­ures.

“De­pend­ing on how it goes I could en­vis­age that some of these vir­tual races could give points for a cham­pi­onship, but not right now,” Agag told Reuters. “We think es­ports is a huge op­por­tu­nity and want to be the first fully im­mersed in that. This will be the first vir­tual race with 20 driv­ers of a rac­ing cham­pi­onship on big stages and with a very large prize fund, sig­nif­i­cantly plus of six fig­ures.”

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