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Barnicoat takes pole on Euroformula cameo at soaked Mugello

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Fotospeedy

Ben Barnicoat continued his successful 2020 junior single-seater return by taking pole for the second Euroformula race at Mugello.

The McLaren sportscar driver joined Carlin for two FIA Formula 3 Championship rounds this summer, then was called up by the British team to aid its Euroformula squad for this weekend.

He led Sunday morning’s wet qualifying session from the very start, with his provisional pole lap dropping from 1m57s territory down to 1m55.833s with 10 minutes of the 25-minute session left to go.

While he didn’t improve on that lap after that, an unbeatable final sector time meant that even as the track dried and other drivers surpassed him through the first two sectors of the lap, he remained in first place to the very end of qualifying.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner was in second place for much of the session, and on several occasions was able to go faster than Barnicoat through the first two splits but then lost time in the final sector. His front row spot was then lost to points leader Yifei Ye in the final minute, with the CryptoTower driver taking second place by 0.044 seconds.

Ye’s team-mate Lukas Dunner was quick throughout and he ended up in fourth, ahead of VAR’s Sebastian Estner, while Motopark’s Manuel Maldonado made a late improvement to jump up the order and qualify sixth.

His team-mate Niklas Krutten had an off but was seventh fastest, just pipping Cameron Das (Motopark) and Ido Cohen (Carlin).

Zane Maloney rounded out the top 10 in the third of Carlin’s cars, just pipping VAR’s Alexandre Bardinon to the position.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 1m55.833s 11
2 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m56.058s +0.225s 11
3 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m56.102s +0.269s 12
4 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m56.176s +0.343s 12
5 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m56.466s +0.633s 12
6 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m56.620s +0.787s 12
7 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m56.921s +1.088s 12
8 Cameron Das Motopark 1m56.934s +1.101s 12
9 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m57.002s +1.169s 10
10 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m57.566s +1.733s 10
11 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m57.581s +1.748s 11
12 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m57.684s +1.851s 11
13 Rui Andrade Motopark 1m58.832s +2.999s 11