Barnicoat’s winning return to karting

Ben Barnicoat (Chesterfield, kart 27) dominated from lights to flag the Senior X30 race under early pressure from Tom Healy (Sheffield, kart 43) who eventually just missed out on a podium finish in fourth place. Photos: Track Records
Ben Barnicoat (Chesterfield, kart 27) dominated from lights to flag the Senior X30 race under early pressure from Tom Healy (Sheffield, kart 43) who eventually just missed out on a podium finish in fourth place. Photos: Track Records
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Ben Barnicoat made a return to karting and dominated the Senior X30 race in round 4 of the Trent Valley Kart Club Championship at the Paul Fletcher international circuit.

The Euro Formula 3 racer had been requested by Terry Fullerton – Ayrton Senna’s biggest rival during his karting days – to help develop his new, own-brand Fullerton karting chassis.

Ben Barnicoat with his trophy

Ben Barnicoat with his trophy

In a very well-subscribed category, 55 karters entered for the Senior X30 race, requiring multiple qualifying sessions and heats, with the Chesterfield racer doing his development driver job very well as he won both his heats.

Starting the final from pole position, Barnicoat led from lights to flag: by lap 3 he had pulled out a decent gap to the pursuing pack, and he set the fastest race lap on lap 5.

Totally untouchable for the 17 lap race and dominant to the end, he had extended a 5.03 second lead over the second placed kart.

“We have got the kart up to speed after doing a bit of testing and found a good set up, and run the kart in the same configuration since. I have headed every session, so got pole for the final and won by 5.03 seconds”.

Sheffield’s Tom Healy had taken a heat win - with his now customary, strong drive through traffic – starting the final from 3rd, he engaged in a race-long 3-kart battle for runners’-up spot, but just missed out on a podium finish in 4th place.

Rotherham’s David Sutton climbed from a 26th place start to a finish in 14th, while Barnsley’s Brendan Patterson completing the qualifiers in 36th, working his way to 22nd place.

Barnsley’s Cole Kilner started the Junior Max final from pole position, having an intense battle only to fall back to 3rd place at the flag, but did manage to set the race fastest lap in his battle.

Behind him, Doncaster’s Jake Robinson qualified in 11th place managed to dice all-race long only to finish in 11th spot.

In the Mini Max race Sheffield rookie, Jack Bowman managed to qualify 3rd on the grid but his lack of race experience showed when he lost out in the battles dropping down to 5th, but still managed to be the 1st rookie finisher.

Tamzyn Buckley, from Barnsley, showed the lads the way by setting 11th fastest qualifying time. Unfortunately the race saw her suffer an unwanted advance from one on the teenage boys, ramming the back of her kart into the first hairpin, almost using her as a brake. With his front wheels locked on top of her rear wheels, it delayed her, so she fell down to 34th position only to retire 5 laps later.

Sheffield’s Brandon Carr started and finished the IAME Cadet race in 9th place, with Rotherham rookie Daniel Hussain, qualified in 15th, dropping to 17th by the flag.