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#1 gilbylt3

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 17:41

Alain Gawski died this morning from cancer.
If you follow historic racing since the 70's , you have certainly listened to the sound of his Panhard Monomille, always driven in anger , more on three wheels than four!
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#2 HiRich

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 11:05

Whilst I missed the event, it seems Alain ran the Monomille right up to this season, joining the 500s at Le Mans in July.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 15:43

His last outing with is monomille was in the LM 500 , it's right , but the cancer was there .. The trouble began in MONZA one month earlier.
We will gather in ARPAJON crematorium this friday at 14.30.


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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:33

As well as a short note on the 500 website, Duncan Ranagliati posted this short email to all Junior racers:

We have just heard the very very sad news that Alain died yesterday morning from a cancerous brain tumour

Alain was a core part of the revival of the Monomil class in the 70s through to 2003, he himself driving one of these DB Panhard cars with great verve and enthusiasm, in both FISA Trophy races , and the Monomil series in France, as the attached Record shows.

Alain was instrumental in the restoration and the return of Gilbert Lenoir’s Monopole-Oliveira Formula Junior to the track in time for the Brands Hatch Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2008, and we were shocked to see Gilbert and David Coursier arrive at Goodwood on Thursday last without Alain, and to learn that he had first felt unwell at Monza, and although he attended the 500 race at Le Mans in July, he was already seriously ill.

We shall long remember the cheery smile of this tall Frenchman, his superb technical ability, and I personally, the races I had against his DB Monomil, in the early days at Paul Ricard , and the last being a great battle at the Eifelrennen in 2008, just one year ago.

We send our sad thoughts, but happy memories, to Alain's family and to Gilbert and his Team from all in Formula Junior and "Racer 500"