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Barnicoat clinches BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy with victory in final race

Sunday, November 15 2015

Ben Barnicoat claimed the 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy title with victory in the final race of the series at Brands Hatch. The Fortec Motorsports driver held off Lando Norris, as he did in race three in Kent earlier in the day, to take the chequered flag first and secure the Trophy crown from his Douglas Motorsport's rival Harrison Scott. South African Sisa Ngebulana completed the podium in third as he held off the aforementioned Scott throughout the 25-lap contest.

By virtue of his fastest lap from race three, Barnicoat lined up on pole position having moved level on points with Scott earlier in the day. Barnicoat had Lando Norris for company on the front-row with South African Sisa Ngebulana third and Barnicoat's title rival Scott starting fourth. The grid was completed by Fortec Motorsports Faisal Al Zubair in fifth.

As the lights went out to start the race, Barnicoat made a good getaway and led into Paddock Hill Bend with Norris making a slower start in second, but he managed to fend off the challenge of his HHC Motorsport team-mate Ngebulana. Scott tried vainly to make positions but he had to settle for fourth at the end of the opening lap.

Barnicoat began extending his advantage at the front over Norris and by lap five he led by half-a-second. Scott was crawling all over the back of Ngebulana but the Johannesburg-born driver resisted well, with Faisal Al Zubair running in a lonely fifth.

Showing just how hard he was pushing, Barnicoat ran a little wide at Graham Hill Bend at the midway point of the race, but he then began extending his lead and with 10 laps remaining he was 0.773s clear of Norris. In turn, Norris opening the gap between himself and Ngebulana to nearly four seconds as Scott's hopes of claiming the Autumn Trophy title began to fade.

As the laps ticked down, Barnicoat was relentless in his pursuit of a greater lead and he eventually came home 2.191s clear of Norris to claim the Autumn Trophy title. Norris finished second, his fourth podium appearance from four races at Brands Hatch, with Sisa Ngebulana third. Scott took fourth, and finished 14 points behind Barnicoat in the overall standings, with Faisal Al Zubair in fifth.

Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy - Brands Hatch Indy - Race Four Result

1. Ben Barnicoat, Fortec Motorsports, 25 Laps
2. Lando Norris, HHC Motorsport, +2.191s
3. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +8.378s
4. Harrison Scott, Douglas Motorsport, +8.786s
5. Faisal Al Zubair, Fortec Motorsports, +22.914s