| 20 December 1996 (age 18)
Chesterfield (United Kingdom) (1996-12-20) |Ben Barnicoat Wikipedia
Ben Barnicoat (born 20 December 1996) is a British racing driver who is a part of the McLaren GT Driver Academy. He was part of the McLaren young driver programme from 2010 to 2015.
Born in Chesterfield, Barnicoat began his racing career in karting at the age of nine. In 2007 he clinched the WTP Cadet Open and Motors TV Cadet Karting Championship titles as well as becoming WTP "Little Green Man" Vice Champion. In 2008 he graduated to KF3 category in which he participated in the MSA Formula Kart Starts championship and Kartmasters GP. He did remarkably well in both, securing 4th in Formula Kart Stars and 7th at Kartmasters. Ben returned the year after and won Kartmasters GP, Formula Kart Stars and finished Vice-Champion in the Super One Junior Championship. By 2012, Barnicoat had claimed the CIK-FIA KF2 European Championship too. In 2015 Barnicoat claimed the Kart Masters GP Trophy in both the Senior Rotax and Iame X30 class, becoming the first driver to take two Kart Masters Championships in one day.
In 2013 Barnicoat made his début in single-seaters, taking part in the Protyre Formula Renault Autumn Cup for Fortec Motorsports, and won the cup with two wins.
Barnicoat continued his collaboration with Fortec into 2014, competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series.
On 15 November 2015, it was announced that Barnicoat would race with Prema Powerteam for the 2016 season. However it was later announced that Barnicoat would race with HitechGP.
† As Barnicoat was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
* Season still in progress.