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Barnicoat holds off Scott in second BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy race

by Peter Allen
Ben Barnicoat

Photo: BRDC F4

Ben Barnicoat held off fellow Formula Renault 2.0 ace Harrison Scott to win the second race of the BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton.

The Racing Steps Foundation star began the race from pole position, courtesy of setting the fastest lap in the opening race, which was won by Scott.

In continued wet conditions, Fortec Motorsports driver Barnicoat extended his advantage over Scott to 1.6 seconds before the Douglas man quickly slashed the gap.

Just 0.181 seconds separated the duo going onto the 10th and final lap, but Barnicoat was a couple of tenths quicker on the final tour as he wrapped up victory.

“I’m not sure if my tyres went off as I was sliding and that allowed Harrison to close right up,” said Barnicoat.

“I knew that if I could keep him behind in the key overtaking places then I would be OK and luckily I managed to hang on for the win.”

Trouble hit the two HHC Motorsport drivers on the opening lap, with Sisa Ngebulana slow away from the line and Sennan Fielding heading straight on at Agostini.

That helped the two Hillspeed drivers Struan Moore and Ameya Vaidyanathan to round out the top four, but they were over 20 seconds behind the lead duo.

Ngebulana beat Fortec’s Faisal Al Zubair to fifth, while Fielding brought up the rear after dropping 50 seconds back.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports 10 laps in 20:57.442
2 Harrison Scott Douglas Motorsport +0.361
3 Struan Moore Hillspeed +21.049
4 Ameya Vaidyanathan Hillspeed +24.577
5 Sisa Ngebulana HHC Motorsport +37.626
6 Faisal Al Zubair Fortec Motorsports +49.765
7 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport +52.665