Barnicoat ends with Nurburgring point

Ben Barnicoat collected the final championship point on offer in the third race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Having crashed out of the previous day’s second race, Barnicoat lined up in 15th position having been handed a five-place grid penalty following the earlier incident.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver wasted no time in making amends for his error, remaining up the inside line of the opening turns to progress up three places to 12th after the opening lap and on the tail of Motopark’s Sergio Sette Camara.

As Sette Camara tussled with Van Amersfoort Racing’s 10th placed Harrison Newey, Barnicoat was able to reel in the pair.

When Sette Camara did eventually make his move to pass Newey, Barnicoat sensed his opportunity, and made his manoeuvre cleanly through turn one.

After a slow exit from the final corner later around the lap however, Barnicoat was forced on to the defensive from Newey’s riposte into turn one once again.

Barnicoat defended, forcing Newey to put two wheels on to the grass on the inside heading into turn one. Newey braked later than the rest, but made contact with Prema’s 10th placed Ralf Aron ahead, forcing both to the outside of the corner.

The pair were able to continue with minimal damage, but it handed Barnicoat the opportunity to drive past both and move into 10th, which he retained to the chequered flag.

“I felt that I got everything I could have done, and everything I was given, from P15," said Barnicoat. "But there are still issues with the car.

“This weekend we used the tub that I crashed in at the Norisring. We switched into a spare one and we’re now back into the Norisring tub that has been repaired. We will switch tub again for the next round at Imola.”