The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has nominated Ben Barnicoat to represent the United Kingdom in the 2011 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
The Karting Academy Trophy is a world championship run by the CIK-FIA for 13- to 15-year-old karters, in support of the “U18” Karting World Championship. The CIK invited the MSA to nominate a single driver to contest the Trophy’s three events – Italy (Ortona, 8-10 July), France (Essay, 26-28 August) and Bahrain (3-5 November).
Barnicoat was selected following meetings between MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton, MSA General Secretary and Kart Committee Chairman Rob Jones, MSA Performance Director Robert Reid, MSA Race, Speed & Kart Executive Cheryl Lynch, and MSA Technical Executive and Kart Technical Sub-Committee Chairman John Ryan.
Barnicoat, 14 from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, began racing in club events aged eight before moving up to the WTP 'Little Green Man' Cadet Championship. He claimed the WTP Championship title in 2008, and finished second overall in the 2010 MSA British Junior Kart Championship.
Barnicoat said: “I’d like to thank the MSA for the opportunity to represent my country in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. It’s a real privilege and I feel so proud to have been chosen. I can’t wait for the first round, and I’m determined to get out there and show everybody what the UK is made of.”
Jones said: “When deciding who the MSA should nominate we were very fortunate to have the CIK-FIA North European KF3 Trophy meeting in the UK the weekend before. Colleagues and I watched all of the KF3 action over the four days and the data from the meeting was then fully analysed and debated. We also took into account MSA British Championship performances both this year and last.
“A group of three drivers emerged ahead of the others and while it was extremely difficult to separate them, we believed that the best way to do so was to give an extra mark for the top Brit in the KF3 North European Trophy Final, and hence Ben became our chosen candidate.”
Release MSA11-045: 18 May 2011