Éric Salignon

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Éric Salignon
Nationality French
Born (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 38)
Carpentras (France)
Previous series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
British F3
FR2000 Eurocup
French FRenault 2000
Championship titles
FR2000 Eurocup
French FRenault 2000

Éric Salignon (born 22 July 1982 in Carpentras) is a French racing driver.[1]


Formula Renault

A former two-time winner of the Monaco Kart Cup, Salignon moved into Formula Renault in 2000, competing in both the European and French championships. Solid campaigns in both championships enabled Salignon to finished 16th in his national championship, and one place lower in the pan-European series. He continued in both series in 2001, driving for Graff Racing. He finished fifth in the Eurocup, in just seven races. With his focus on the French series, he won that particular championship by 37 points. This performance earned him a spot in the inaugural Renault Driver Development programme in 2002. Salignon's 2002 season was impressive, as he won the Eurocup by four points from Neel Jani, and lost the French title by just two points to Alexandre Prémat. In fourteen races, he won seven and finished on the podium a further three times.

Formula Three

Continuing on the RDD in 2003, Salignon moved to the British Formula 3 Championship driving for David Hayle's Hitech Racing team.[2] Teaming up with fellow RDD driver Danny Watts, Salignon claimed a solitary pole position at Thruxton, and led that race until five laps from the end, colliding with the eventual champion Alan van der Merwe.[3] He redeemed himself with his best finish of the season at the following round at Spa with second place. He eventually finished twelfth in the championship, but was consequently dropped by Renault for the RDD.

For 2004, Salignon moved into the Formula Three Euroseries driving for the ASM team, joining his former Formula Renault rival Prémat and British driver Jamie Green, who had competed against Salignon in British F3.[4] Salignon won races at Estoril, Adria and Zandvoort before leaving the team, whilst lying in third place in the championship.[5] He ended up finishing sixth in the standings, and was also the runner-up to Prémat at the prestigious Masters of Formula 3, also at Zandvoort.[6]

World Series by Renault

After leaving ASM, Salignon signed up to compete in the World Series by Renault for its debut season in 2005, with the series having previously been named the World Series by Nissan. He competed for the Cram Competition team, and ended up tenth overall tying on points with Jaap van Lagen. He did miss the Estoril rounds of the championship though, with British driver Ben Hanley replacing him.[7] Hanley ended up taking Salignon's seat at Cram for the 2006, with Salignon moving to Interwetten. Salignon started the season off with a double win at Zolder, which was only ratified a month after the conclusion of the season.[8] Salignon had lost the first of his two wins, due to the race results being completely annulled, after protests from a rival team.[9] He had since left the team by the time he got his second win back, having been replaced by Franck Perera for the final round, in order for his team to successfully clinch the teams championship.[10] Since being replaced, he has not taken part in any major international championship.

Motor racing record

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins FLaps Podiums Points Final Placing
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 20 17th
French Formula Renault 2000  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 10 16th
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Graff Racing 7 1 1 1 3 102 5th
French Formula Renault 2000  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 162 1st
2002 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Graff Racing 9 2 4 2 5 182 1st
French Formula Renault 2000 5 3 3 2 5 111 2nd
2003 British Formula 3 Hitech Racing 22 1 0 1 1 43 12th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 36th
2004 Formula Three Euroseries ASM Formule 3 16 3 3 3 5 64 6th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 1 1 N/A 2nd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Bahrain Superprix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 14th
2005 World Series by Renault Cram Competition 15 1 0 2 1 49 10th
2006 World Series by Renault Interwetten.com 15 0 2 1 2 48 9th


  1. F3: Spengler sur le podium! 5 Jul 2004 "J'ai connu un autre super départ et j'ai doublé Éric Salignon et Nicolas Lapierre avant d'aborder le premier virage, » a raconté Spengler."
  2. "Hitech Racing 2007 Champions". hitechracing.net. Hitech Racing. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  3. "Thruxton race 2: Green keeps it clean". autosport-atlas.com. Haymarket Publications. 2003-08-18. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Premat fastest on first test day". f3euroseries.com. Formula Three Euroseries. 2004-04-08. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  5. "Four drivers fighting for the runner-up position — Rookie ranking still to be decided". f3euroseries.com. Formula Three Euroseries. 2004-09-14. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  6. "Formula 3 Euro Series drivers celebrate double win". f3euroseries.com. Formula Three Euroseries. 2004-08-08. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  7. "Kubica to end the suspense?". renault-sport.com. Renault Sport. 2005-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Zolder results reinstated". renault-sport.com. Renault Sport. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Press release: Zolder – RACB Sport Sports Tribunal". renault-sport.com. Renault Sport. 2006-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Interwetten secures Perera, drops Salignon". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Renaud Derlot
French Formula Renault 2000

Succeeded by
Alexandre Prémat
Preceded by
Augusto Farfus
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup

Succeeded by
Esteban Guerrieri