Pau: the practical guide to the Grand Prix

To do this, the cars in the program are equipped with innovative engines powered by electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, synthetic fuels … Only the Euroformula Open single-seaters will maintain their usual energy this year before switching to low carbon emissions in 2023.

This revolution involves …

To do this, the cars in the program are equipped with innovative engines powered by electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, synthetic fuels … Only the Euroformula Open single-seaters will maintain their usual energy this year before switching to low carbon emissions in 2023.

This revolution involves a different field with new categories for the Pau audience such as the WTCR (65% low carbon passenger car) or the ETCR (all electric car). To discover these new competitions, here are some practical advice a few hours after the first wheel spins.

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Where to park?

Organizing a Grand Prix in the city center inevitably has repercussions on parking. For this reason, spectators are advised to leave their car in one of the three relay car parks (Hameau, Clinique, Catherine de Bourbon) to reach the circuit by bus using the regular shuttles. An option is also the Place de Verdun car park, especially since the part located in front of the Bernadotte barracks is free. From this place, it is the Coxitis that takes the amateurs to the path.

How to enter the circuit enclosure?

Access to the circuit is via two main gates from Boulevard des Pyrénées. Spectators will thus be able to go down with the funicular (from 6.30 and late in the evening depending on the races) to Piazza Aragon where, great news this year, they will walk a walkway that will connect the Tissié stadium to the Sernam hall. The purpose of this infrastructure is to make pedestrian traffic more fluid and avoid long detours to reach the other sites of the circuit. The other, more classic option is to go down the metal staircase located on the Boulevard des Pyrénées (towards Parc Beaumont). Finally, there will also be access via Sernam via the Eau-Vives stadium in Bizanos. But be careful, parking is severely limited as most of the spaces are reserved for the organization.

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Where to see the races?

Four grandstands welcome motorsport fans during this 79And editing. Seating capacity is decreasing this year with the removal of the Alain Prost grandstand. However, the organization is opening the Oscars grandstand (280 seats), once reserved for local residents and people with reduced mobility, to the general public. Located in front of the Beaumont Palace, it offers a “privileged position” because “there is always something to do at this point of the circuit”, warn the promoters who also praise the quality of the stands in the Foch grandstand. All the grandstands are equipped with a giant screen so that you do not miss anything of the progress of the races. Of course, it is also possible to admire the passage of racing cars from the meadows of Beaumont Park or from the surroundings of the circuit. Spectators can also look up from the Boulevard des Pyrénées to enjoy the show for free.

Spectators can also observe the racing cars for free from the Boulevard des Pyrénées.

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What prices?

The Pau Motors Festival has prepared a price list according to the chosen formula: daily or over three days, which may or may not include a place in a reserved stand. Children under 12 do not pay admission and reduced rates apply for children between the ages of 12 and 18. To have a guaranteed seat in the grandstand, it is necessary to count between € 25 (Friday) and € 45 (Saturday or Sunday) for the day and € 85 for the 3 days. Access without a card for the day in the grandstand costs from € 25 (Friday) to € 30 (Saturday and Sunday) and € 65 for 3 days. Saturday 7 May the evening is free from 19:00, an opportunity to attend the quarter-finals of the ETCR and the finals of the Adour Ocean Cup with the spectacular Twingo running on super ethanol.

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Where to eat?

Within the confines of the Grand Prix, several possibilities are available to the public for a snack. On the one hand, the three restaurants located within the perimeter of the circuit (La Forge Moderne, La Belle Epoque and Fin Gourmet) operate regularly, the organizers recall. On the other hand, twelve ephemeral restaurants offer catering at the Tissié stadium, the Beaumont park and the Sernam hall. Outside the limits of the event, a “gourmet village” is currently set up in Place Clemenceau. Under the barnums open from this Thursday at 11, visitors will be able to eat as well as restaurant-style or peck bodegas during the three big weekends (from 5 to 22 May) that the GP foresees.

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Traffic conditions during the Grand Prix

Traffic on the circuit will be completely closed during the event: Friday 6 May from 7:00 to 21:00, then Saturday 7 May from 6:30 to 23:00 and finally Sunday 8 May from 6:30 to 20:30. The station remains accessible via Place de la Monnaie with a one-minute stop at the Stadium car park (the first half hour of parking is free). The Idélis bus network and the Coxitis shuttle are adapting their routes, lines F, T1, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 15 will be closed until Sunday (details are available at www.reseau-idelis.com).
Residents will be able to obtain access badges, which allow them to enter and exit the circuit fence, as well as parking cards that give access to a space in one of the car parks. These items will be collected from Monday 2 May to Thursday 5 May from 9:00 to 19:00 at the PC Parking Sernam organization (in front of the tram factory). They will have to present at the presentation: an identity document, a proof of address, the registration certificate of the vehicle.

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