Pau round 8 race report

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Weather: Hot, sunny. After the excitement of Sunday's race, to say nothing of the carnage involved, at least this race would be run in the dry, which theoretically reduced the problems that might be likely to occur. However, ...

Weather: Hot, sunny.

After the excitement of Sunday's race, to say nothing of the carnage involved, at least this race would be run in the dry, which theoretically reduced the problems that might be likely to occur. However, there was excitement even before the start, when an argument broke out in the paddock about whether or not Eric Salignon should be allowed to start from his grid position or should be demoted 10 places. The rules state that an engine change during the course of the weekend should result in a driver being demoted. However, this was designated a case of force majeure as the engine was broken after Salignon crashed out of the previous day's race. After some heated discussion it was finally decided that Salignon could start from his qualifying position. Of course, the situation was complicated because Philippe Baron (Team Ghinzani) had been demoted after an engine change - however, it was not a case of force majeure and anyway from where he qualified it would not have been possible to push him back 10 spaces!

So, they all eventually lined up in bright sunshine, and the race got underway. Alexandre Premat (ASM Formule 3) made a superb start and was ahead of Nicolas Lapierre (Opel Team Signature-Plus) by the time they reached Gare.

A little further down the order, the first casualties didn't get that far. Bruno Spengler (ASL-M

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