Bar­ni­coat ex­cluded from Euro­pean F3 race with il­le­gal floor

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Ben Bar­ni­coat was ex­cluded from the fi­nal Euro­pean F3 race at the Noris­ring last week­end with an il­le­gal floor.

The Bri­tish Hitech GP driver fin­ished ninth but was stripped of the re­sult af­ter the front-left cor­ner of his car’s floor was deemed to be lower than the thresh­old al­lowed.

The team had re­placed the floor overnight af­ter Bar­ni­coat hit the wall in the sec­ond race on Satur­day.

But team boss Oliver Oakes was sur­prised con­sid­er­ing the floor’s le­gal­ity was checked af­ter the re­pair.

“It is just the front-left cor­ner of his floor, a lit­tle bit dis­ap­point­ing but rules are rules,” said Oakes. “Given the cir­cum­stances it is a bit of a nightmare.

“I don’t want to blame peo­ple in this sit­u­a­tion, it is just a bit an­noy­ing as we did go on the [le­gal­ity] patch in the early hours of the morn­ing and it was fine.”

It was a dif­fi­cult week­end for the Bri­tish driv­ers, with Ge­orge Rus­sell taking a best re­sult of third in the opener. Wil­liam Buller made a re­turn to F3 with Car­lin but had a mis­er­able time with two re­tire­ments and a 12th place in the fi­nale.

Lance Stroll ex­tended his points ad­van­tage with two more wins. The Prema Pow­erteam racer was vic­to­ri­ous in races one and three, and fin­ished a close sec­ond in race two be­hind An­thoine Hu­bert – who took his maiden win.

Brit had fin­ished ninth for Hitech, but was ex­cluded

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