Hitech’s Brits star in Pau Euro­pean For­mula 3

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Bri­tish team-mates Ben Bar­ni­coat and Ge­orge Rus­sell both scored wins at the Euro­pean F3 cham­pi­onship’s an­nual visit to the his­toric Pau street cir­cuit.

A wet race one threw a span­ner in the works but Bar­ni­coat stormed through to take his sec­ond suc­ces­sive win in the series, de­spite be­ing pres­sured by New Zealan­der Nick Cas­sidy. The Kiwi moved in as close as 1.1s, but Hitech GP driver Bar­ni­coat pulled back away to fin­ish 2.5s clear.

“Nick was def­i­nitely putting more pres­sure on me,” said Bar­ni­coat. “It was a lit­tle bit more dif­fi­cult, but on a track like this it was all about not mak­ing any er­rors and keep­ing it on the cir­cuit.”

Rus­sell – who could only man­age fourth po­si­tion in the first race – came to the fore in the sec­ond en­counter.

The track was ready for slicks by the sec­ond race and Rus­sell made the most of his dry in­side line from pole to es­tab­lish a lead away from the line.

Two safety car pe­ri­ods fol­lowed but the 18-year-old held on ahead of the Red Bull backed Ser­gio Sette Ca­mara to end his win­less stretch.

In race three, Rus­sell clipped a bar­rier and picked up a slow punc­ture, which ru­ined his charge for vic­tory.

He held on to a third-placed fin­ish in the fi­nal race of the day. Bar­ni­coat could only man­age 11th af­ter pit­ting un­der an early safety car.

Car­lin’s Alessio Lo­randi won the en­counter.

Bar­ni­coat won the wet first con­test

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