Ninth for Barnicoat at Hockenheim

Ben Barnicoat progressed to a ninth place finish in race two of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season finale at Hockenheim in Germany.

Having started from 14th position on the grid, Barnicoat made a good start to make his way to 12th on the opening lap, battling with his Hitech GP team-mates Alexander Sims and a surging George Russell who was forced to start with a 10-place grid penalty.

Barnicoat soon grabbed a further place when Sims locked up on lap four, forcing Prema’s Nick Cassidy to clip the experienced single-seater returnee and fall down the order.

From there, Barnicoat’s lack of straight-line speed prevented him from advancing further up the pack and from attacking Prema’s Maximilian Gunther ahead in 10th place, as Barnicoat also kept a watchful eye on his mirrors with team-mate Nikita Mazepin close behind.

Second placed Sergio Sette Camara (Motopark) was handed a drive-through penalty for a jumped start, handing Barnicoat 10th place.

But in the closing laps, Barnicoat’s straight-line speed deficit hindered him further, resulting in a gap to Gunther ahead of over six seconds by the chequered flag.

Prema’s European F3 title winner Lance Stroll comfortably secured his second win of the weekend, almost five seconds ahead of Motopark’s Joel Eriksson. Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort) was third.

However, following the conclusion of the race, Ilott was excluded from the provisional results as his car failed to have the minimum one-litre of fuel remaining to provide a representative sample for scrutineering.

This promoted Barnicoat a further position to ninth place. Mucke Motorsport’s David Beckmann inherited third place.

Barnicoat will start Sunday morning’s third and final race of the weekend, and the final race of the season, from 13th position on the grid.

Having started from 14th position on the grid, Barnicoat made a good start to make his way to 12th on the opening lap, battling with his Hitech GP team-mates Alexander Sims and a surging George Russell who was forced to start with a 10-place grid penalty.

Barnicoat soon grabbed a further place when Sims locked up on lap four, forcing Prema’s Nick Cassidy to clip the experienced single-seater returnee and fall down the order.

From there, Barnicoat’s lack of straight-line speed prevented him from advancing further up the pack and from attacking Prema’s Maximilian Gunther ahead in 10th place, as Barnicoat also kept a watchful eye on his mirrors with team-mate Nikita Mazepin close behind.

Second placed Sergio Sette Camara (Motopark) was handed a drive-through penalty for a jumped start, handing Barnicoat 10th place.

But in the closing laps, Barnicoat’s straight-line speed deficit hindered him further, resulting in a gap to Gunther ahead of over six seconds by the chequered flag.

Prema’s European F3 title winner Lance Stroll comfortably secured his second win of the weekend, almost five seconds ahead of Motopark’s Joel Eriksson. Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort) was third.

However, following the conclusion of the race, Ilott was excluded from the provisional results as his car failed to have the minimum one-litre of fuel remaining to provide a representative sample for scrutineering.

This promoted Barnicoat a further position to ninth place. Mucke Motorsport’s David Beckmann inherited third place.

Barnicoat will start Sunday morning’s third and final race of the weekend, and the final race of the season, from 13th position on the grid.