15 Jun Podium finish for Barnicoat in Hungary
The first race of the weekend saw Ben Barnicoat take to the podium in a week-fought second position.
Starting in fifth, Barnicoat charged ahead, gaining two places in the first lap, progressing to third. Callan O’Keeffe suffered a poor getaway after starting tenth. In the first lap he had fallen to fourteenth but was determined to gain back the places he had lost.
Barnicoat, charging ahead, was chasing Aitken for second place, and quickly putting on the pressure. O’Keeffe had soon progressed to twelfth.
In the remaining fifteen minutes of the race, the race leader, Deletraz, received a ten second penalty for jumping the start, promoting Barnicoat to second.
Barnicoat maintained his place in second, resulting in a podium finish in second. O’Keeffe crossed the line in twelfth while Martin Kodric enjoyed his best Eurocup finish so far in fifth.
Sunday’s race got off to an unfortunate start for O’Keeffe. Starting in twelfth, Sadeleer collided with O’Keeffe in turn one, forcing him to make a visit to the pits where he was forced to retire. Barnicoat, starting in eleventh, was able to make a significant amount of progress throughout the race, gaining three places.
In the first lap, Barnicoat charged ahead and slotted into eighth. Kodric also suffered a disappointing race after qualifying ninth but falling back to eleventh in the first lap.
As the race continued, a number of drivers were forced to retire and although the safety car was never deployed, the incidents did cause a number of yellow flags which affected the race. Barnicoat crossed the line in eighth while Kodric finished in eleventh.