BRDC Formula 4

Ben Barnicoat claims Sunday pole for Race Three

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The Racing Steps Foundation supported driver, Ben Barnicoat took pole position for the Sunday race of the BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy, by two hundredths of a second. The drying Snetterton track allowed him to be the first driver under 2 minutes as he looks for a repeat of race two yesterday.

Having won the final on Saturday, Barnicoat was the driver on form and was the driver to set the benchmark. The track was still damp, but no heavy rain overnight meant that the field was able to push their cars more than they did yesterday.

Despite having not driven the car until yesterday, Barnicoat was instantly making an impression, managing to pull out a two second gap. It wasn’t all going to go his way though as Harrison Scott, who was running a few seconds behind managed to beat his time.

Scott’s run would soon be put on hold though as his speed meant he caught up to and got stuck behind Struan Moore, who continued to struggle having only just taken fourth place in the provisional standings.

Barnicoat wasn’t going to be beaten easily though, becoming the first driver this weekend to drop below the two minute mark. Scott repeated the same feat, but it wasn’t enough to deny the McLaren young driver.

It wasn’t just the battle for first that saw the timing screens light up, as Moore and Ameya Vaidyanathan toyed over fourth place. Both of them were constantly improving, but their battle for the second row soon became harder when Sisa Ngebulana put in a stunning lap to go fourth, unfortunately for the South African, it was disallowed.

Meanwhile, Sennan Fielding looked to consolidate third place. The HHC Motorsport driver had been first out of the pits and spent most of the session in clean air. The battle wasn’t over though and in the dying moments, Moore put in a stunning lap to go third.

At the front, Scott and Barnicoat continued to switch lap times, with Barnicoat going ahead by 0.2 seconds. He pitted immediately afterwards and with Scott unable to improve, took pole and the clean line for race one.

Moore beat Fielding to claim third while behind, Vaidyanathan with line up along the other HHC car of Ngebulana. This left Al Faisal Al Zubair to once again claim seventh as he continues to be a few seconds off the pace.

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