Incident leaves Barnicoat at the back

An early incident left Ben Barnicoat to compete at the back of the field in the opening race of the final FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend of the season at Hockenheim in Germany.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver, who qualified in 17th position following a trying qualifying session in which he struggled for straight-line speed, made a solid start to the opener in bright, dry conditions.

As all cars within the middle of the pack tussled for position throughout the opening stages, Barnicoat took too much speed into the hairpin section of the Hockenheimring circuit on the second lap.

The momentum taken by Barnicoat’s machine, propelled him into the rear of his Hitech GP team-mate Alexander Sims.

Barnicoat sustained extensive front wing damage, forcing him to pit to replace the wing and return to the track at the very back of the field and over 25 seconds behind closest competitor Andy Chang Wing Chung.

Barnicoat therefore was left without a rival to dice with, but made up time to finish 9,5 seconds behind Chang Wing Chung by the chequered flag.

Prema’s championship winner Lance Stroll secured race victory ahead of his two team-mates Maximilian Gunther and Nick Cassidy.

Barnicoat will start the day’s second race of the weekend from 14th position on the grid.