Euroformula Open cites biofuel requirement for Pau no-show

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GT Sport, the organizer of the Euroformula Open series (which combined the Spanish Formula Three championship and European F3 Open championship), says it will not hold the second round of its 2023 season at the Pau Grand Prix in France on the May 13-14 and has informed the organizers.

According to the series, the reason for the withdrawal is an inability to conform with requirements to run fuel that either contains a high degree of bio-fuel content or a sustainable alternative.

In a statement, GT sport said. “Technical reasons have led to this decision, as it proved not possible to adjust the current engines of the Euroformula Open cars to the wishes of the organizers of the Grand Prix, its sponsors and the City of Pau for a low-carbon emissions event, running on ‘greener’ fuels, a requirement that was not part of the agreement signed with the GP de Pau.

“The studies and checks conducted showed that adapting the engines safely and effectively would require further engineering work, costly modifications and testing. The lead time to the event was not sufficient and GT Sport has been forced to move this round to another location and date which will be communicated shortly.”

The series currently uses the Dallara 320 chassis across the field, but the engine formula is open, with both Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen engines in use.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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