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Pau: Charlie Hollings race report

HARD KNOCKS FOR HOLLINGS IN FRANCE The narrow roads and tight corners of Pau took their toll on the drivers in the latest rounds of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series. Not least for Yorkshireman Charlie Hollings, racing...

HARD KNOCKS FOR HOLLINGS IN FRANCE

The narrow roads and tight corners of Pau took their toll on the drivers in the latest rounds of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series. Not least for Yorkshireman Charlie Hollings, racing for Fortec Motorsport, whose weekend finished prematurely on the grid of the first race.

Having never raced on a street circuit before, Charlie was involved in a start-line collision that brought the safety car out for six laps and took four cars out of the race. The extensive damage to Charlie's Mercedes-Benz powered Dallara, coupled with minor neck injuries, meant that Charlie was unable to line-up for the second race, round six of the championship, on the following day.

"As the lights turned green I saw my team mate Stuart Hall stall in front of me and I tried to move over to the left to avoid him," Charlie explained. "However, another car hit me from the side pushing me into the back of Stuart's car. This felt like quite a big impact but it wasn't over yet. Within seconds I was hit from behind and propelled into the wall. Stuart and I both took some pretty hard knocks and I walked away with concussion and a very sore neck. The medical team was great but after discussions with the doctors we made the difficult decision that I wouldn't line-up for the second race on Monday."

"It was definitely an unforgettable weekend. Lots of drivers have spoken of their experiences at Pau and now I've driven there myself I can understand why: not only is it a stunning town, the circuit is challenging and exciting, and it has a very special atmosphere."

-www.fortecmotorsport.com

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Series BF3
Drivers Stuart Hall , Charlie Hollings