Shunt ends Barnicoat’s challenge

Ben Barnicoat crashed out on the opening lap of the second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany, preventing him from a top 10 challenge.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver, who earlier progressed from 13th to ninth place in the opening race, made a steady getaway from the lights to remain in position for the majority of the first lap.

But heading into the penultimate turn, the chicane, the pack congregated under braking, with Barnicoat clipping the wheels of his Hitech GP team-mate Nikita Mazepin.

The collision vaulted the rear of Barnicoat’s car into the air before landing and sliding across the track towards the infield and collecting the innocent Van Amersfoort Racing machine of Harrison Newey.

Barnicoat was able to drive back to the nearby pit lane, but the damage was sufficient enough to force him to retire.

“When I braked for the chicane, there was nobody on the outside which is why I moved to the right," said Barnicoat. "Camara and Newey both moved to the outside. Newey was alongside and so I covered him, and Camara tried to come down the middle of the pair of us.

“The stewards said I could have moved left, which is fair enough. But it happened in a split second and I didn’t see Camara. It was one of those things and we’ll look forward to tomorrow’s final race.”

Prema’s Lance Stroll scored his second victory of the weekend ahead of team-mate Maximilian Gunther. Motopark’s Joel Eriksson took third place.

Barnicoat was later handed a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision in the incident, and will therefore start the weekend’s third and final race on Sunday from 15th position on the grid.