F3 win­ner Bar­ni­coat swaps sin­gle-seaters for place in Mclaren GT Acad­emy

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Bri­ton Ben Bar­ni­coat will swap sin­gle-seaters for a place on Mclaren’s GT Acad­emy pro­gramme this year.

Bar­ni­coat, a two-time Euro­pean For­mula 3 Championship race win­ner, will re­tain back­ing from the Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion, which helped to place the 20-year-old at Mclaren.

He will start his pro­gramme with a shared drive in a Te­kno Au­tosports Mclaren 650S GT3 along­side Will Dav­i­son and fel­low Brit Jonny Kane, who like Bar­ni­coat will be mak­ing his de­but for Mclaren, in this week­end’s Bathurst 12 Hours event.

Bar­ni­coat will also con­test a full cam­paign in the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries [BGTS], hav­ing pre­vi­ously made a one-off ap­pear­ance in a WRT Audi in the se­ries finale at the Nur­bur­gring last Septem­ber, while fur­ther out­ings are also ex­pected to be con­firmed.

“Ben will be do­ing a BGTS pro­gramme in both the En­durance and Sprint Cups, which will be an­nounced at a later date,” An­drew Kirkaldy, Mclaren GT team prin­ci­pal, told MN’S sis­ter brand Au­tosport. “There are a lot of pro­grammes to be defined and we aren’t say­ing who’s likely to be do­ing what un­til ev­ery­thing is sorted out.”

Bar­ni­coat took two wins in Euro­pean F3

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