Bar­ni­coat and Newey move to F3

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Brits Ben Bar­ni­coat and Har­ri­son Newey have both se­cured their places on the grid for this year’s FIA For­mula 3 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

Bar­ni­coat has signed for the re­turn­ing Hitech Grand Prix team for his maiden F3 cam­paign. The Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion­backed man will join F3 race win­ner Ge­orge Rus­sell and Nikita Mazepin at the squad.

“When I did my first test at Jerez in De­cem­ber, I was im­pressed with the team be­fore I even got in the car,” said Bar­ni­coat, who was fourth in the FR Eurocup points with Fortec last term. “They’re pro­fes­sional and their setup is amaz­ing – you get the real sense that they’re here to win.

“The staff they’ve re­cruited are im­pres­sive [in­clud­ing for­mer Prema Pow­erteam en­gi­neer John Mcgill] and John was a key fac­tor be­cause he has a re­la­tion­ship with Rac­ing Steps.

“I’ve known Ge­orge since we started kart­ing in Cadets and we’ve been fight­ing each other all the way through. We’ll be push­ing each other all the way, which is good.”

Newey, the son of Red Bull Rac­ing aero guru Adrian, has signed with Van Amers­foort Rac­ing. Newey was a race win­ner in the BRDC For­mula 4 Cham­pi­onship last year, fin­ish­ing se­cond in the cham­pi­onship.

“The team will be the ideal ground­ing for me to gain as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble with a new car and mostly new tracks,” said the 17-year-old.

Newey will line up along­side fel­low Bri­ton Cal­lum Ilott at Van Amers­foort. Ilott has switched from Car­lin to VAR for his se­cond Euro F3 cam­paign.

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