Ford-powered Norris sets a dominant pace in Silverstone tests

  • Championship leader Lando leaves the rest in his wake with a searing Silverstone test pace
  • Less than a second covers top 16 for what promises to be a super-close weekend of race action

SILVERSTONE 25 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Championship leader Lando Norris laid down the gauntlet to his Ford EcoBoost-powered rivals in pre-event testing at Silverstone this afternoon, lapping the 1.6-mile Silverstone National circuit more than two-tenths faster than anyone else could achieve.

After setting fourth-best time in this morning’s MSA Formula Championship test session, 15-year-old Lando found more than three-tenths in the afternoon to top the timesheets for Carlin with a best lap of 56.373s. As in the championship points table, his closest rival in testing was TRS Arden driver Ricky Collard, who was 0.226s slower. To put Lando’s runaway pace into perspective, another 0.226s covered the drivers between second and seventh places today.

Norris takes a 17-point lead over Collard into the penultimate meeting of the MSA Formula season. “We know that we have really good pace in our car so we know that we can be competitive this weekend,” said Norris. “The aim is to be on the front row after qualifying and have three very consistent races this weekend bringing home some good points for our championship campaign.”

Less than half a second covered the top nine in testing today, with Norris’s Carlin team-mate Colton Herta third quickest and Fortec’s Dan Ticktum fourth. Ticktum was quickest of all in the morning session by four-hundredths but could not find the pace for an improvement in his time in the afternoon.

Toby Sowery was an excellent fifth quickest for the MBM team, ahead of Double R’s Matheus Leist, JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding and Arden man Sandy Mitchell. JTR’s Dan Baybutt outpaced Fortec’s James Pull for ninth spot. Less than a second covered the top 16 today.

Tomorrow’s Silverstone proceedings kick off at 1030 with qualifying, with Round 25 of the championship due off at 1500 ahead of two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 from 1510.

Leading testing times Silverstone 25 September 2015 (am/pm)
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 56.717 / 56.373
2 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 56.669 / 56.599
3 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 56.655 / 56.607
4 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 56.612 / 56.632
5 Toby SOWERY / GBR / MBM 56.942 / 56.746
6 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 56.810 / 56.759
7 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 56.904 / 56.819
8 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 57.080 / 56.846
9 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR 57.094 / 56.872
10 James PULL / GBR / Fortec 56.888 / 56.916 etc

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