Pau: Erik Janis race one report

F3: Erik Janis did not finish today, knocked out by a rival Only thirteen drivers from the 30 cars were classified in today's rather dramatic race at Pau in the south of France which unfortunately brought the young Czech driver, Erik Janis, to...

F3: Erik Janis did not finish today, knocked out by a rival

Only thirteen drivers from the 30 cars were classified in today's rather dramatic race at Pau in the south of France which unfortunately brought the young Czech driver, Erik Janis, to an early finish. While overtaking the German driver, Martin Plowman, the rival crashed to his car and both racers were forced to back out from the race due to the accident. Plowman's formula 3 was completely out of control and crashed even to the car of the British driver, Sam Bird. The race took place on a street circuit similar to famous Monaco. Unfortunately, predictions of many crashes came true.

The collision of the Mucke Motorsport Czech racer was an "easier" one. There were 29 laps (originally planned 32 laps but in the end it was determined by time limit of 40 minutes ) and spectators could see more serious crashes, for instance the formula car of the German Nico Hulkenberg that was fairly cut into halves. It is a fortune that nobody has been injured. The weather certainly had its share. The track was firstly wet, then drying out gradually. Just ten cars saw the finish line and thirteen cars were classified.

Erik Janis: "I had a good start, nothing had been lost. The track was damp, we all had slick tyres and I think it was a miracle nothing extra had happened in the first lap. The following lap was unfortunately more difficult, a few cars in front of me had wedged. Those who had to stop literally bunged me in, so I lost a couple of places. Then everything went alright, the car was doing excellent. The bad thing was I couldn't overtake a slower racer before me. That is really a problem in these narrow town streets. I was waiting for Plowman's mistake, which he had soon made in one of exit turns. I was slightly in front of him in the fast turn when I suddenly sensed the crash. The rival bumped into my wheel which threw me onto the barriere. Fortunately, nothing serious happened, nevertheless, the car was damaged and I had to back out. It is a bad luck, but such things happen in races. There were some 10 drivers on the spot behind the safety fence where I left my car. As it was an autographing..."

Antonin Charouz, a driver manager: "I didn't see the race, unfortunately. It was Erik's bad luck though. Such things happen in the town streets like this. There's nothing more to say, I guess, Erik should forget about today's race and concentrate on fights to follow."

Races on TV
Saturday 14.05 and Sunday 17.05 -- LIVE on Sport5 (www.sport5.cz)
Saturday and Sunday 19.00 -- DSF (www.dsf.de)

-credit: erik-janis.cz

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Sam Bird , Erik Janis , Martin Plowman , Nico Hulkenberg , Antonin Charouz
Teams Mücke Motorsport