21 Sep Ben Barnicoat takes the title
Fortec Motorsport driver Ben Barnicoat has been crowned the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup champion. The 17-year-old took on the streets of the Nurburgring this weekend to take the title and the prize of a test in the prestigious Formula Renault 3.5 series.
Barnicoat recorded two wins and five podiums finishes in his first season in car racing, and is the third Fortec driver in a row to take the championship title. Finishing fourth in race one and two, Barnicoat had a safe lead and was favorite to win before race three was cancelled due to fog. The Racing Steps Foundation supported driver took the title by 16 points, a comfortable win for the racer in just his first season of racing after karting.
Commenting on the weekend Barnicoat said: “Both races went fairly well for me, we struggled a little in qualifying but had great race pace which allowed me to move up to fourth in both races beating my championship rival – which was what I needed to do. In some ways I was lucky as today’s race was cancelled due to fog and poor visibility. I would have liked to race for the title but nevertheless I am extremely happy to win the championship in my rookie season of car racing; it’s a great result for me and also the team! I would like to say a massive thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation because if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. Also a big thanks to the team for all of their hard work throughout the year!”
Behind Barnicoat, teammate Seb Morris took third in the standings and is looking forward to the future. Reflecting on his Formula Renault NEC season, the Caterham Racing Academy driver said: “I had a very up and down season. It started ok but then I hit a rough patch. But in general I scored the strongest points since Assen – I went from ninth to third after Assen. Being third in the championship hopefully opens doors to me. I want to thank the team for having done such a great job.”