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Ben Barnicoat
Barnicoat at Spa-Francorchamps.JPG
Barnicoat at Spa-Francorchamps
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (1996-12-20) 20 December 1996 (age 24)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
FIA Formula 3 Championship career
Debut season2020
Current teamCarlin Buzz Racing
Car number27
Starts4 (4 entries)
Wins0
Podiums0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish22nd in 2020
Previous series
Championship titles
Awards
2014Autosport Club Driver of the Year

Ben Barnicoat (born 20 December 1996) is a British racing driver who is a McLaren Automotive Customer Racing Factory Driver. He was also part of the McLaren young driver programme from 2010 to 2015.

Career

Karting

Born in Chesterfield, Barnicoat began his racing career in karting at the age of nine. In 2007 he clinched the WTP Cadet Open and Motors TV Cadet Karting Championship titles as well as becoming WTP "Little Green Man" Vice Champion.[1] In 2008 he graduated to KF3 category in which he participated in the MSA Formula Kart Starts championship and Kartmasters GP. He did remarkably well in both, securing 4th in Formula Kart Stars and 7th at Kartmasters. Ben returned the year after and won Kartmasters GP, Formula Kart Stars and finished Vice-Champion in the Super One Junior Championship. By 2012, Barnicoat had claimed the CIK-FIA KF2 European Championship too. In 2015 Barnicoat claimed the Kart Masters GP Trophy in both the Senior Rotax and Iame X30 class, becoming the first driver to take two Kart Masters Championships in one day. Barnicoat has since continued to compete in the Kart Masters event and is now the most successful driver with 9 titles to his name. Claiming Snr X30 in 2017/18/19 and snr rotax too in 2019.[2]

Formula Renault

In 2013 Barnicoat made his début in single-seaters, taking part in the Protyre Formula Renault Autumn Cup for Fortec Motorsports, and won the cup with two wins.[3]

Barnicoat continued his collaboration with Fortec into 2014, competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series.[4]

European Formula 3

On 15 November 2015, it was announced that Barnicoat would race with Prema Powerteam for the 2016 season. However it was later announced that Barnicoat would race with HitechGP after being removed from the Prema Powerteam by Lawrence Stroll.[5]

Sportscar career

Since joining McLaren as a factory driver in 2017, Barnicoat has proven himself to be a GT ace with podiums and race wins across the Intercontinental GT Challenge, GT World Challenge Europe, Pirelli World Challenge & the British GT Championship in both GT3 and GT4 McLaren Machinery. In 2019 Barnicoat also made his LMP2 debut with the Thunderhead Carlin Motorsport where he had pole positions and race wins across the 2019 European Le Mans Series & 2019 Asian Le Mans Series.

FIA Formula 3 Championship

On 30 July 2020, Carlin Buzz Racing announced that Enaam Ahmed and his sponsors had separated from the team, and that Barnicoat would be replacing him at the team.[6]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2013 Protyre Formula Renault Autumn Cup Fortec Motorsports 3 2 3 2 3 96 1st
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 15 2 1 1 5 258 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 6 0 0 0 0 32 14th
Protyre Formula Renault Championship 3 0 0 0 0 60 13th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 17 3 2 1 6 174 4th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 6 1 0 1 2 0 NC†
BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy 8 3 2 5 6 211 1st
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Hitech GP 30 2 0 0 3 134 9th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2017 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Strakka Racing 10 0 0 2 0 2 29th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 0 0 1 0 2 43rd
Intercontinental GT Challenge McLaren 2 0 0 0 0 15 9th
Pirelli World Challenge K-PAX Racing 10 0 0 0 3 140 19th
SprintX GT Championship Series 7 0 0 0 3 140 7th
2018 British GT Championship - GT4 Track-Club 5 1 0 0 1 43 13th
Balfe Motorsport/PMW Expo Racing 1 0 0 0 0
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Garage 59 5 0 0 0 1 19 24th
Intercontinental GT Challenge McLaren 2 0 0 0 0 6 22nd
2019 European Le Mans Series Thunderhead Carlin Racing 5 0 0 0 0 3 25th
International GT Open Teo Martín Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 43rd
International GT Open - Pro-Am 2 0 0 0 0 2 21st
2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series Thunderhead Carlin Racing 4 2 2 1 4 82 2nd
2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship Carlin Buzz Racing 4 0 0 0 0 1 22nd
Euroformula Open Championship Carlin Motorsport 2 1 1 0 2 41 13th
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup Ema Group/Team 59Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Michelin Le Mans Cup Cool Racing 1 0 0 0 0 10 23rd
2021 GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup Jota Sport 2 0 0 0 0 7.5 6th*
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC*
Asian Le Mans Series - GT Inception Racing with Optimum Motorsport 4 0 0 1 2 45 4th

As Barnicoat was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2016 HitechGP Mercedes LEC
1

4
LEC
2

Ret
LEC
3

11
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

10
HUN
3

1
PAU
1

1
PAU
2

5
PAU
3

11
RBR
1

10
RBR
2

15
RBR
3

5
NOR
1

5
NOR
2

Ret
NOR
3

DSQ
ZAN
1

18
ZAN
2

8
ZAN
3

9
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

11
SPA
3

20
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

Ret
NÜR
3

10
IMO
1

8
IMO
2

Ret
IMO
3

13
HOC
1

18
HOC
2

9
HOC
3

7
9th 134

Complete GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2017 Strakka Racing McLaren 650S GT3 Pro MIS
QR

22
MIS
CR

18
BRH
QR

6
BRH
CR

10
ZOL
QR

10
ZOL
CR

28
HUN
QR

20
HUN
CR

24
NÜR
QR

Ret
NÜR
CR

25
29th 2
2021 Jota Sport McLaren 720S GT3 Pro MAG
1

13
MAG
2

4
ZAN
1

ZAN
2

MIS
1

MIS
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

VAL
1

VAL 
2

6th* 7.5*

* Season still in progress.

Complete British GT Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2018 Track-Club McLaren 570S GT4 GT4 OUL
1

14
OUL
2

18
ROC
1

28
SNE
1

16
SNE
2

Ret
SIL
1
SPA
1

DNS
BRH
1
13th 43
Balfe Motorsport/PMW Expo Racing DON
1

Ret

Complete European Le Mans Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2019 Thunderhead Carlin Racing LMP2 Dallara P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
11
MNZ
11
CAT
9
SIL
Ret
SPA
ALG
Ret
25th 3

Complete FIA Formula 3 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2020 Carlin Buzz Racing RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SIL
FEA

20
SIL
SPR

12
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

CAT
SPR

SPA
FEA

SPA
SPR

MNZ
FEA

MNZ
SPR

MUG
FEA

MUG
SPR

22nd 1

References

  1. ^ "Profile". benbarnicoat.com. Ben Barnicoat. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  2. ^ "CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship 2012 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Protyre Formula Renault Championship — Autumn Cup 2013 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  4. ^ Goddard, Stephen (6 December 2013). "Barnicoat steps up to Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with Fortec". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  5. ^ Simmons, Marcus (14 January 2016). "Ben Barnicoat seals Hitech European Formula 3 Championship deal". Autosport. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Ben Barnicoat joins Carlin Buzz Racing for Round 4 at Silverstone". Formula 3. FIA Formula 3 Championship Limited. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Seb Morris
(Winter Series)
Protyre Formula Renault Autumn Cup
Champion

2013
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
Matt Parry
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Louis Delétraz
Preceded by
Will Palmer
(Winter Series)
BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Enaam Ahmed
(BRDC British Formula 3)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Daniel Cammish
Autosport Awards
British Club Driver of the Year

2014
Succeeded by
Will Palmer

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