Despite having been tipped to join Serge Saulnier's eponymous equipe, F3 Euroseries graduate Eric Salignon has signed a deal to contest the World Series by Renault with Italian outfit Cram Competition.

Salignon joins Formula Renault V6 convert Damien Pasini, having tested with Cram on both days of the recent Barcelona test. Prior to that, the Frenchman had run with Saulnier's team, and had been expected to rejoin it for the final sessions in Spain, but has since decided that his best chance of success lies with the Cram, despite its relative lack of experience with the World Series car.

Salignon brings experience of both the British and Euro F3 series, where he was a consistent frontrunner, and had little trouble adapting to the World Series car when he ran at Paul Ricard and Barcelona. Cram boss Marcello Rossi reckons that, despite his all-French pairing coming from outside the World Series, they will almost certainly feature at the head of the field when the championship kicks off at Zolder in May.

"We know Eric Salignon, and the tests in Barcelona and at Paul Ricard were very satisfactory," he commented, "Eric was one of the strongest drivers at both. Now it is time to work and try to pick up as many points as we can."

Salignon and Pasini will be back in action at Le Mans over 2-3 April, where the World Series teams get their first taste of the definitive 2005 car, which Renault Sport Technologies began to deliver in the past week.