French touch on British podium For the fifth time in his career, Guillaume Moreau took part in the prestigious Pau Grand Prix, and for the third time, ended on the podium on the challenging street circuit. 4th of an action-packed F3 Euro Series...
French touch on British podium
For the fifth time in his career, Guillaume Moreau took part in the prestigious Pau Grand Prix, and for the third time, ended on the podium on the challenging street circuit. 4th of an action-packed F3 Euro Series race last year, he drove his Mercedes-powered and Signature-entered Dallara to a well-deserved second place this time.
The main race of the event this year was the third row of the "Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series". Bruno Senna, Ayrton's nephew, is the current leader in the standings, after two wins at Oulton Park and one at Donington Park. But Signature-Plus drivers' ambition was definitely victory. "It's great to be back here in Pau, although the event is no longer part of the Euro Series package" said Guillaume. "Our knowledge of the circuit is an advantage. I have been racing at Monaco and Macao, but nothing compares to the Foch chicane, for example. On the other hand, we have to get used to the Avon tyres of the British F3." With a good set-up, Signature drivers set the early pace and topped free practice times.
Usually at Pau, F3 drivers are divided in two series to qualify, but this year the 27-car field struggled to find a clear lap on the 1.715 miles- circuit. Heavy traffic caused a disappointing 4th for Guillaume. At the start, Maro Engel found a way past the Frenchman, and then tried to take advantage of the narrow streets to keep him behind. After Christian Bakkerud's crash at Foch, Guillaume decided to dive inside at "Le Lycée", where he succeeded in overtaking Patrick Pilet by surprise back in 2004 and winning the Formula Renault race. But Engel stayed on the inside line. Guillaume couldn't avoid a contact and pushed the German to a spin to exit the hairpin 3rd! Engel caught the flag 5th behind Jarvis but later in the evening, the stewards decided to demote Guillaume to 6th.
The Signature-Plus driver was even more determined on Monday. After a chaotic start from the outside of the first row, Guillaume was given a second chance further to a collision in the pack at "Le Lycée". Thanks to the red flag, he could start from second again. Everything worked well this time and he crossed the line second, securing a fine one-two for Signature behind Romain Grosjean. "It is a great result for the team, making us 100% confident before the next Euro Series at Brands Hatch."