28 Sep Victory for Barnicoat at Le Mans
The first race of the weekend at Le Mans saw Racing Steps Foundations backed driver, Ben Barnicoat, take his second win of the season while Valentin Hasse-Clot took his maiden rookie trophy.
Starting from third on the grid, Barnicoat got off to a great start, taking the lead after the first turn in front of Jorg and Deletraz. By three laps in Martin Kodric, starting from sixteenth, had progressed an impressive four places up into twelfth while Barnicoat continued to lead the grid.
Following the retirement of Oskoui and an accident involving Baptista, race officials brandished the red flag and Barnicoat went on to take the win. Hasse-Clot was the highest placed rookie in ninth place while Kodric was close behind in tenth.
In the second race of the weekend, race one victor, Barnicoat, was able to gain an impressive number of places after starting tenth on the grid and quickly picking off his rivals. Kodric started the race from thirteenth while Hasse-Clot was close behind in fifteenth.
The retirement of Isaakyan on lap one brought out the safety car which led to some delay to the race action. On the restart, Barnicoat, who was racing in seventh, snatched sixth place from Aitken while Hasse-Clot gained twelfth and Kodric, who had been in sixteenth, gained fifteenth.
In the closing stages of the race, Kodric gained two places up into thirteenth while Hasse-Clot crossed the line in twelfth. Barnicoat, who had been running in sixth, was promoted to finish fifth when fifth placed Scott was penalised five places for having gained an advantage by passing the track limits.