About Ben

Multiple Championship & Race Winning Graduate of the Racing Steps Foundation, Ben Barnicoat is a mercurial winner and a rising star in the world of motorsport.

Ben is a driver who stormed through the ranks of motorsport, becoming multiple British & European Karting Champion in the Cadet, Junior and Senior KF2 classes - before graduating to single seaters in 2014.

He was immediately successful, backed by the RSF - he won the Formula Renault NEC Championship, the BRDC F3 Autumn Trophy and was a multiple race winner in the Formula Renault Eurocup and FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

2017 saw Ben join the McLaren GT Driver Academy, making a transition into GT Racing - which has seen him compete and win, on some of the biggest stages in motorsport.

This year will see Ben continue as a McLaren GT Driver, as well as competing in the European Le Mans Series with Carlin Thunderhead Racing in LMP2 - making his debut in Le Mans Prototypes.

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Multiple Championship & Race Winning Graduate of the Racing Steps Foundation, Ben Barnicoat is a mercurial winner and a rising star in the world of motorsport.

Ben is a driver who stormed through the ranks of motorsport, becoming multiple British & European Karting Champion in the Cadet, Junior and Senior KF2 classes - before graduating to single seaters in 2014.

He was immediately successful, backed by the RSF - he won the Formula Renault NEC Championship, the BRDC F3 Autumn Trophy and was a multiple race winner in the Formula Renault Eurocup and FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

2017 saw Ben join the McLaren GT Driver Academy, making a transition into GT Racing - which has seen him compete and win, on some of the biggest stages in motorsport.

This year will see Ben continue as a McLaren Automotive Driver, as well as competing in the European Le Mans Series with Thunderhead Carlin Racing in LMP2 - making his debut in Le Mans Prototypes.

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2019

Ben makes his debut in racing with Le Mans Prototypes, after joining Thunderhead Carlin Racing to compete in the ELMS Championship, alongside his McLaren Automotive  Factory Driver commitments.

Carlin will be making their debut in the European Le Mans Series this year. The single-seater powerhouse will be running Jack Manchester, Harry Tincknell and Ben Barnicoat in their Dallara P217 LMP2 car for the six-round championship.

Ben will also maintain his racing duties with McLaren Automotive, retaining Factory Driver status - where he will make numerous outings through the season.

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2018

Ben completed a packed season, competing in rounds of the British GT Championship, Blancpain GT Endurance and Sprint Series, as well as the Gulf 12 Hours, Suzuka 10 Hours and the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

His season started brilliantly with a victory on his debut in British GT, winning for Track-Club in a McLaren 570S GT4 at Oulton Park.
His main season saw him compete with Garage 59 onboard a McLaren 650S GT3, Ben took an overall podium in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series - as well as some starring performances throughout the season.

Ben once again teamed in some karting to his GT Racing schedule, where he took a record breaking 8th British Kartmasters Grand Prix title with Mick Barrett Racing in Senior X30.

Rounding out the season, Ben gave the McLaren 720S GT3 it's successful maiden outings, running as a part of the three-man team in the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina to round out the year.

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2017

Ben made the switch to GT Racing in 2017, racing with Strakka Racing and K-PAX Racing, with support from the McLaren GT Academy and Racing Steps Foundation

He competed in both the Blancpain GT Sprint and Endurance Series with Strakka onboard the McLaren 650S GT3.
Ben achieved a best result of 8th in the Endurance Series and 6th in the Sprint Cup - taking Fastest Laps and putting in some seriously strong stints during his maiden campaign in GT Racing.

Alongside teammate Alvaro Parente onboard the K-PAX Racing McLaren, they took three podium finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge, as well as a podium in the Intercontinental GT Challenge at Laguna Seca.

Ben rounded out his season by finishing 2nd in the SKUSA Supernationals in Las Vegas, as well as taking his 7th British Kartmasters Title at PF International.

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2016

Racing Steps Foundation backed Ben into the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2016 - joining the returning Hitech GP for his maiden season in the championship.

An excellent debut saw him take 4th in his first race in the championship at Paul Ricard.

This started off a strong beginning of the season for Ben, as he took two successive victories - both with dominant wet-weather driving displays at the Hungaroring and at Pau.

He took a further three podium finishes in a season plagued by bad luck, on his way to 9th overall in the championship

Near the end of the season, an opportunity arose with WRT Audi to make his debut in GT3 racing.
Ben impressed immediately on his debut, which lead to an approach from McLaren in their GT programme, which set up his career change in 2016.

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2015

Following his success in his maiden season of single-seater racing, Ben graduated into the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship - staying with Fortec Motorsport.

Ben's season started off brilliantly with a 2nd on his debut at Motorland, Aragon. A consistent start of the season saw him always in the Top 5 at the early stage of the year.

Torrid luck then struck Ben, as he endured a five-race streak being victim of incidents and bad luck which dented his championship campaign.

The second half of the season saw Ben hit back with a vengeance, taking three victories and a further podium - finishing outside the Top 5 just once in the remaining six races, including rounding out the season with victory at Jerez to give 4th overall in the championship.

Ben also took part in a the BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy, which he duly won against future Formula One Driver Lando Norris.
He competed in six races of the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Championship, taking a victory and two podiums on his guest appearances.

Capping off his strong season, he completed an unprecedented double victory at the British Kartmasters Grand Prix, taking wins in the Senior Rotax and Senior X30 Classes - a feat that has never been accomplished before or since.

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2014

Ben graduated into single-seaters, following his great successes in Karting and taking victory in the Formula Renault Autumn Cup in 2013.

Backed by the Racing Steps Foundation during this transition, he was placed with Fortec Motorsport in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup - who ran fellow RSF stablemate Jake Dennis to the championship the year before.

Ben scored two victories and a further three podiums, on his way to the championship title, taking a single-seater championship title on his maiden year in cars.

He also took part in selected races of the Formula Renault ALPS Championship, in the gaps between races in his NEC campaign. Ben starred by putting in a raft of Top 5 finishes, against drivers far more experienced than himself.

Ben would stay with Fortec Motorsport for a challenge at the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship in 2015, following his successful first season.

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2007-2013

Ben started karting in 2007 in the WTP Cadet Class. This would start a six-year incredibly successful karting career at British and European level.

His karting career started with him finishing a brilliant 4th in the British Kartmasters Grand Prix.
He would take 2nd overall in the Little Green Man WTP Cadet Championship in 2007, moving into the Super 1 Cadet Championship and the MSA British Cadet Championship the following season - finishing 3rd and 5th overall respectively.

Ben moved into Junior Karting in 2009 in the KF3 class, where he finished 4th in the Formula Kart Stars Championship.
Racing Steps Foundation began to become involved in Ben's career from 2010, which saw him combine British Championship Karting with European Karting.
Ben won the 2010 British Kartmasters Grand Prix, the Formula Kart Stars Championship and finished as Vice-Champion in the MSA British Junior Karting Championship.

He remained in Juniors the next season, finishing 2nd in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, 3rd overall in the MSA British Junior Championship and won his second British Kartmasters Title in 2011.

A move to Seniors in 2012 saw him placed in the saw team as now Ferrari Formula One Driver Charles Leclerc.
Ben won the Super One KF2 British Championship, the CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship, finished 4th in the WSK Euro Series and 6th in CIK-FIA KF2 World Cup.

2013 was Ben's final year in karting, he finished 3rd in the WSK Euro Series and 2nd in the WSK SuperMasters Series, rounding out his karting career before moving into single-seater racing.

He made his debut in cars for the 2013 Formula Renault Autumn Cup, where he took a victory and a second place to claim the championship title.

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