Barnicoat woes continue in Austria

A drive-through penalty for a jumped start prevented Ben Barnicoat scoring a second successive top 10 finish in the second FIA European Formula 3 Championship race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Following a three-place grid penalty handed down by race stewards after the day’s earlier opening race, Barnicoat was relegated to a 14th place start on the grid.

As others tussled and strayed wide in the opening turns when the lights went out, Barnicoat began to make up places. By the time a safety car was required on lap three with debris scattered over one part of the track, Barnicoat had made his way up to ninth place.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver continued to progress up to seventh position when he was slapped with a drive-through penalty for a minor jumped start.

Once served through the pit lane, Barnicoat re-emerged in 16th place and a 10-second gap to the field ahead. With drivers falling by the wayside, Barnicoat began to close the margin to nearest rival, fellow rookie Ralf Aron to under three seconds but ran out of laps.

Prema’s Lance Stroll dominated at the head of the race, winning by almost 10 seconds from race one victor Callum Ilott. Barnicoat’s Hitech GP team-mate George Russell took third.

Barnicoat will line up for Sunday’s third and final race of the weekend from ninth position.