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Saudi Arabia to host Formula E’s first-ever night race

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Saudi Arabia will host Formula E’s first-ever night race with a double-header in Diriyah next February, the all-electric series announced.

A low-consumption LED set-up that reportedly requires 50 percent less energy than a conventional system will be used to illuminate the track, according to organizers.

The remaining floodlights will then be fueled by “high-performing low-carbon vegetable oil made from sustainable materials”.

For the championship’s third visit to the nation, the race start time will be pushed back from 3 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) by five hours to 8 p.m. local time (1700 GMT).

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The inaugural Saudi E-Prix in 2018 was the country’s first major international sporting event, while the 2019-20 races were the first FE double-header to be held in the Middle East.

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Saudi Arabia is also due to host a Formula One race for the first time next year and that will also be at night, in Jeddah in November. 

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