China-Based Seca Backing New Formula E Team For ’16-17 Series

China's "hand in the fledgling Formula E circuit" was strengthened with mainland-based sports marketing and management firm Seca throwing its "weight behind a team" for the '16-17 season, according to Mathew Scott of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST.

Seca Founder & CEO Sheng Li said, "We think it's the future, simple as that."

The Seca-backed Techeetah team will make its debut "when the third FIA Formula E Championship series kicks off in Hong Kong" on the weekend of Oct. 8-9 and the team will feature mainland driver Ma Qinghua along with experienced Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne.

Techeetah will "take the place of Team Aguri on the 10-team roster for the upcoming 14 round series, and will join China’s NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team" which has been with the series since it began in '14-15, and saw driver Nelson Piquet Jr. win the inaugural driver’s championship.

Sheng and his team "were trackside in London" when Renault e.Dams' Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi claimed the '15-16 series. Sheng, whose company is "also playing a role in the rise of the Chinese Super League," said,

"We were amazed by what we saw in London and by what the series has done in such a short space of time." SCMP

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