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Le Castellet at Easter

Once upon a time the annual Easter race meeting at Paul Ricard signalled the start of the historic racing season in Europe.  It was a time of green shoots, budding mimosa and, for many, the first sight of real sunshine and sea after the long winter.  It was a time to meet friends again after months of absence, and it always drew big grids and competitors from all over the continent.

For 2023 the organisers of the Grand Prix De France Historique have chosen to move away from the busy summer months to set an earlier date for their meeting, the fifth of the name.  It will take place on Friday to Sunday 7-9 April 2023, on Easter weekend.  As always, the focus will be on single seaters, but there will also be racing for GT and Touring cars.  The feature races will be for Formula 1 cars of the early 2000s.

The public will enjoy more entertainment than ever, according to promoter Laurent Vallery-Masson, who said, “This new edition will extend the presence of F1 on the Paul Ricard circuit.  We will strengthen the entertainment component of the event and above all, make special efforts in favour of the spectators.  We want the public to really become an actor in the GP of France Historique”

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