Barnicoat benefits from JKR battle to take Le Mans win

Ben Barnicoat secured his second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series victory in as many races as he took advantage of the battle between Kevin Jörg and Louis Deletraz to win race one around the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans on Saturday.

Josef Kaufmann Racing duo Jörg and Deletraz were battling for the lead on the opening lap when Deletraz cut the chicane and rejoined ahead of Jörg, only to slow to allow his Swiss team-mate back through into the lead, only for Fortec Motorsports’ Barnicoat to sweep past the pair of them.

Barnicoat was unable to shake off the challenge of Jörg throughout the race, finishing just 1.456s ahead, but Deletraz dropped back and although held on for the podium, was forced to hold off the challenge of Koiranen GP’s Jack Aitken and ART Junior Team’s Ukyo Sasahara until the chequered flag.

Frenchman Anthoine Hubert took sixth for Tech 1 Racing having passed Manor MP Motorsport’s Dennis Olsen, while the Norwegian driver’s team-mate Ignazio D’Agosto claimed eighth.

Valentin Hasse-Clot secured his first points of the season with ninth for Fortec Motorsports, with his team-mate Martin Kodric claiming the final point in tenth.

Deletraz still retains the lead in the championship, but now only holds a two-point advantage over Jörg, while Aitken is a further nine points back in third. It was a bad day in the office for another of the championship contenders Jake Hughes however, with the Briton retiring after losing a wheel while running in the top ten.

Le Mans Race 1 Result

16Ben BarnicoatGBRFortec Motorsports22m12.480s
215Kevin JorgSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+1.456s
314Louis DeletrazSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+6.193s
43Jack AitkenGBRKoiranen GP+6.512s
59Ukyo SasaharaJAPART Junior Team+7.758s
622Anthoine HubertFRATech 1 Racing+11.166s
717Dennis OlsenNORManor MP Motorsport+13.807s
819Ignazio D'AgostoITAManor MP Motorsport+13.995s
98Valentin Hasse-ClotFRAFortec Motorsports+14.451s
105Martin KodricCROFortec Motorsports+14.970s
1121Simon GachetFRATech 1 Racing+19.631s
1225Amaury RichardFRAARTA Engineering+20.816s
1310Darius OskouiSWIART Junior Team+20.986s
1418Bruno BaptistaBRZManor MP Motorsport+21.561s
1527Harrison ScottGBRAVF+21.584s
1620Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+22.463s
1736Thiago VivacquaBRZJD Motorsport+22.527s
1837Nikita TroitskiyRUSJD Motorsport+24.493s
1958Denis BulatovRUSAVF+27.049s
2046Christopher AnthonyAUSManor MP Motorsport+30.763s
2126James AllenAUSARTA Engineering+31.146s
2235Matevos IsaakyanRUSJD Motorsport+53.691s
RET2Jake HughesGBRKoiranen GPRetired