Collision dents Barnicoat’s progress

Ben Barnicoat was unable to make progress in the second race of the opening FIA European Formula 3 weekend at Paul Ricard, France, as he crashed out at the first corner on the opening lap.

Barnicoat, who began the race from seventh place on the grid, made a good start, weaving between cars to get the best entrance to the first corner. However, he locked up his front left wheel under braking.

That sent Barnicoat cascading over the inside kerb, and into the pack. He collided with race one victor Lance Stroll who began from eighth place. Stroll’s car then in turn hit the Van Amersfoort machine of Harrison Newey which was propelled on to the two wheels on its left side.

The collision resulted in a broken front left suspension for Barnicoat. Stroll and Newey were also unable to continue. Barnicoat was later handed a five-place grid penalty by race stewards for the third and final race of the weekend. He was also given two penalty points on his race licence.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Callum Ilott took race victory ahead of Nick Cassidy who stole second from Motopark’s Chinese driver Guan Yu Zhou on the final lap. That was after a lengthy late safety car, and the pack were released for a single final flying lap.

Barnicoat’s Hitech GP team-mate George Russell finished 11th after starting from the back of the grid following his qualifying exclusion on Friday.