The first car race that started and finished in
Between 1950 and 1963, the Pau Grand prix was run to Formula 1 regulations eight times even though it never counted towards the drivers’ world championship. Formula 2 was the halo event in 26 out of the 77 races held there. Drivers of the calibre of Graham Hill and Henri Pescarolo are among those who flew the Motul colours in the Pau F2 Grand Prix in the 1970s. Oldtimers will certainly remember Tim Schenken’s third place at the wheel of his Motul-Ford M1 in 1973, the same year that Bob Wollek and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, who were also members of Ron Dennis’ Motul Rondel Racing team, finished in the top 6.
1979 was marked by a partnership between Motul and the prestigious March works F2 team. Marc Surer made a name for himself in
The Pau Grand Prix has had its ups and downs with the halcyon days of Formula 3000, the F3 years, the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) interlude, the last-minute Formula Renault grid in 2013, and cancellation in 2009. Let’s hope that the evolution that Formula 3 will undergo in 2019 will not jeopardise this icon of motor sport.
While awaiting future decisions it’s worth celebrating the success of the night-time event, which is free for the
Motul is a partner of the FFSA GT French Championship. Pau winners Speedcar and CD sport, as well as Cool Racing, CMR, IMSA Performance, Orhès Racing and M Racing – YMR are Motul’s technical partners in the series.
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