Bar­ni­coat makes sportscar de­but

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Bri­tish sin­gle-seater star Ben Bar­ni­coat made his sportscar de­but in the Nur­bur­gring Blanc­pain GT Se­ries event last week­end.

The 19-year-old raced a WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 af­ter a test along­side fel­low Euro­pean F3 racer Jake Den­nis.

WRT boss Vin­cent Vosse said: “I had this va­cancy and wanted to try some young­sters with an eye on the fu­ture. Both did an amaz­ing job and were very quickly on the pace – it was a bit of a toss of a coin to de­cide be­tween them.”

Bar­ni­coat got the nod to part­ner Pierre Kaf­fer and Adrian de Leener be­cause of his lack of sportscar ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared to Den­nis. The trio fin­ished 29th af­ter suf­fer­ing a punc­ture mid-race when run­ning 15th. “It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough task once the car picked up the punc­ture,” said Bar­ni­coat. “I hope I’ll get an­other op­por­tu­nity like this again.”

The race was won by the Grasser Lam­borgh­ini of Rolf Ine­ichen, Chris­tian En­gel­hart and Mirko Bor­tolotti but the Garage 59 Mclaren crew of Rob Bell, Come Le­dogar and Shane van Gis­ber­gen took the ti­tle by a sin­gle point.

They only fin­ished 30th, with Bar­ni­coat keep­ing Le­dogar be­hind him in the clos­ing stages.

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