Barnicoat The European Champion? Yes?Tweet
The governing body of motorsport in the UK, the MSA, has announced Ben Barnicoat as the European KF2 Champion - despite no official statement as yet from the CIK-FIA.
Max Verstappen (Intrepid) received a penalty after an altercation with Barnicoat (ART GP) during a qualifying heat, but the penalty was suspended when the Dutchman lodged his intention to appeal. Max then went on to claim the title provisionally, but never followed up his intention of officially lodging an appeal. Was this because he knew he was about to change teams (he subsequently signed with Chiesa Corse/Zanardi)?
Barnicoat is now awaiting the CIK-FIA’s formal confirmation that he is champion.
Barnicoat, 15, said in the MSA's August newsletter “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to be European Champion – it’s one of the biggest titles in karting and I’d like to thank the Racing Steps Foundation and ART for putting me in a position to win it. I’d have preferred to win it on the track but if we hadn’t had the crash [with Verstappen] in the first place I might still have won. Either way, it’s the European Championship and I’m going to take it.”