CIR­CUIT RAC­ING STARS SHINE ON BRISCA DE­BUTS

Whor­ton-eales and Bar­ni­coat try F1

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James

Re­nault UK Clio Cup cham­pion Ant Whor­ton-eales won on his BRISCA F1 stock car de­but at Birm­ing­ham Wheels on Satur­day night, claim­ing vic­tory in the event’s un­der-25 show­down.

The 22-year-old, who is the nephew of F1 ace Mur­ray Har­ri­son, took part in the race as a one-off and dom­i­nated the open­ing event, which is a one-off age-limited race.

Dur­ing the main BRISCA F1 sec­tion of the meet­ing, Whor­ton-eales, whose fa­ther Mark also used to race F1, was third in his heat be­fore be­ing taken out of the fi­nal while run­ning sec­ond.

“What a mega evening that was,” said Whor­ton-eales. “It was al­ways an am­bi­tion of mine to race an F1 car, and to win the Un­der-25 cham­pi­onship was amaz­ing. I man­aged to keep calm among the back­mark­ers and brought it home. I def­i­nitely want to do more of this type of rac­ing in the fu­ture.”

FIA Euro­pean F3 racer Ben Bar­ni­coat also took part in the event. The 19-year-old’s fa­ther Paul is a for­mer racer in the cat­e­gory, and he was of­fered a run in his friend Jor­dan Fald­ing’s car for the evening.

“I have been around BRISCA pad­docks for a while, so I knew what to ex­pect,” said Bar­ni­coat. “It was fan­tas­tic fun, and I got to grips with the car well.”

Bar­ni­coat fin­ished in fifth in the Un­der-25s race, which was his first run in the car, and then won his heat in the main event, be­fore be­ing taken out of the fi­nal in a tan­gle. “I need to con­cen­trate on cir­cuits, but I am al­ready look­ing at ways of com­ing back to do this same meet­ing next sea­son,” said Bar­ni­coat.

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