Alex hopes experience counts at historic Pau street circuit

Alex Lynn with the Fortec Motorsport car he hopes will carry him to Formula Three glory. Picture: Jakob Ebrey

Alex Lynn with the Fortec Motorsport car he hopes will carry him to Formula Three glory. Picture: Jakob Ebrey

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Alex Lynn will be looking to use his recent experience when he tackles the unique street circuit of Pau in France this weekend at the next round of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship.

The 18-year old reigning Formula Renault 2.0 UK champion from Dunmow, who is driving for the Fortec Motorsport team, has been showing strong form in testing and qualifying for each of the previous two weekends at Oulton Park and Italy’s famous Monza circuit. However, he has dropped down the order in the races, taking only one podium in Monza in the final race of the weekend.

Determined to return to winning ways, Lynn took part in a race at the French street circuit last weekend, running in a historic grand prix car.

As a result, he is in bullish mood heading into the next round as one of the only drivers to have experience racing at the Pau track.

"It was good to do the historic race and get a good feel for the circuit and I really enjoyed the whole experience," he said.

“It’s a really nice circuit – tight and twisty but quite different to your usual street track as there aren’t Armco barriers everywhere.

"There are some areas with a sidewalk so mistakes won't be as costly as they would be in places like Monaco or Macau.

"It's still pretty tight though so you really want to try to be inch perfect.

“There's really no opportunities to overtake at the Pau circuit so qualifying will be absolutely vital for us.

"I’m thinking it will be a good weekend with a great atmosphere and I'm just hoping that my experience at the circuit will pay off as I think I'm one of just a handful of drivers that has been to the circuit before."

Racing for one of the top teams in the championship, Fortec Racing, Lynn is still confident of success and pushing ever closer to earning a Formula 1 drive. Previous winners at the Pau circuit who went on to race in Formula 1 have included names such as; Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jean Alesi, Juan Pablo Montoya and Lewis Hamilton.

It last formed part of British Formula 3 championship in 2006, when current Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean won both races.

Qualifying is due to take place on Saturday at the Pau circuit, followed by the first race, with races two and three coming on Sunday.

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