Norris reclaims his Brands Hatch race victory

18 April, 2015 – Lando Norris, who was excluded from the results of MSA Formula Round 3 at Brands Hatch, was today reinstated to his victory following a successful appeal by the Carlin team.

Norris had been judged by the Clerk of the Course to have passed another car while the race was neutralised by yellow warning flags, but a panel of stewards meeting today at Donington Park reversed that decision.

Norris was instead reprimanded and given two licence penalty points.  Amended race report

Norris on top again in Brands Hatch finale

  • Second win of the weekend for 15-year-old Lando Norris and the Carlin team
  • James Pull leads early on but is beaten to victory after safety car restart

BRANDS HATCH 5 April, 2015 – Lando Norris wrapped up a brilliant first weekend of MSA Formula racing this evening with a well-judged victory in Round three of the championship. Carlin man Norris had started from the pole but lost out at the lights to JTR’s rookie James Pull, who learned from his mistakes of the earlier races and made an impeccable getaway from P2 to lead into Paddock Hill Bend.

Norris slipped to third behind Pull and Double R driver Matheus Leist on the opening lap, but regained second place at the start of the second lap, just as the race was neutralised by the safety car, which was called in while the beached car of Gustavo Myasava was removed from the Druids gravel trap.

Pull made the best of the situation to hold off Norris at the restart but was less lucky after the second intervention from the safety car, called on track on lap nine when Jack Butel’s car became stranded after a collision with that of Josh Smith. Norris, an old hand at managing his pace under safety car conditions, lined up the leader perfectly at the restart to gain the advantage out of Paddock Hill Bend and up the hill towards Druids.

Norris emerged in front on lap 12 and was not slow to build a useful lead which he extended to 3s by the chequered flag on lap 23. Pull kept Leist at Bay for the duration to claim second place and the Rookie class win, with Brazil’s Matheus claiming his second podium finish of the weekend.

Winner, Lando Norris: “I dropped the clutch a bit too aggressively at the start, I think, and got a bit of smoke from the rear tyres. After that I tried to settle into it a bit; I knew I had better tyres than James so I thought that I would be able to get him at some point. When I did, I managed to get a bit of a gap and break away from him.”

Second, James Pull: “I learned from the earlier races and made a good start. But Lando got the jump on me at the safety car restart, got a run on me through Paddock and there wasn’t much that I could do about it.”

Third, Matheus Leist: “It was good… Could have been better, but we are still improving and the car is not yet perfect. But it’s so good to start the championship with two podiums…”

Jack Barlow made up for earlier disappointments to claim fourth place for MBM, which position he held from start to finish, with Dan Ticktum coming through from P7 on the grid to fifth by the end of the race. Round two victor Ricky Collard claimed sixth, ahead of his TRS Arden team-mate Enaam Ahmed. The top 10 was completed by Dan Baybutt, Rafa Martins and Sennan Fielding.

Norris, who was excluded post-race from the results for allegedly passing Leist under a yellow flag, was reinstated following a stewards’ hearing of an appeal by the Carlin team.

Provisional results Round 3, Brands Hatch 5 April 2015
23 laps / 27.78 miles

1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 20m 13.325s / 82.43mph
2 James PULL / GBR / JTR +3.009s
3 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +3.472s
4 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM +4.001s
5 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec +4.720s
6 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +5.221s
7 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +5.661s
8 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +5.969s
9 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +7.492s
10 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +10.565s etc

Fastest lap Norris 46.483s / 93.55mph

Rookie class 1 Ticktum, 2 Ahmed, 3 Baybutt, 4 Martins, 5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Norris 53 points; 2 Ticktum 48; 3 Collard 43; 4 Pull 37; 5 Leist 34; 6 Barlow 18; 7 Baybutt 16; 8 Herta 14; 9 Fielding 13, 10 Smith 12 etc

Norris grabs the maiden MSA Formula honours at Brands Hatch

  • First-round win for Ford EcoBoost-powered Lando Norris and Carlin thanks to excellent race start in tricky conditions
  • Dan Ticktum second to make it a young driver 1-2

BRANDS HATCH 4 April, 2015 – Lando Norris made a bit of motor-sporting history this afternoon, the Somerset youngster and his Ford EcoBoost-powered, Carlin-prepared car claiming victory in the first-ever round of the new MSA Formula Championship. It was a copybook performance from Norris, who seized control at the start of the race and held on to it despite pressure all the way to the chequered flag. Racing rookie Dan Ticktum seized second place from Brazilian Matheus Leist three laps from the end.

It was a thriller of an inaugural race for Britain’s new junior motorsport programme and a great advertisement for the initiative, with 15-year-olds Norris and Ticktum atop the podium.

Norris had been beaten to pole position by JTR’s Dan Baybutt in the morning’s damp qualifying session, but Lando was the fortunate one – his side of the track was drier and had more grip, and as Baybutt’s slick Hankooks struggled to gain traction at the start, Norris was off like a rocket and into the lead by the time they arrived at Paddock Hill Bend.

Baybutt slipped to fourth behind Leist’s Double R car and Ticktum’s Fortec machine on the opening lap, and then slithered even further down the order on the second lap with a half-spin, ending up eighth, just ahead of his team-mate James Pull, another who struggled for grip off the line.

There was startline drama for Jack Barlow (MBM) and Louise Richardson (Richardson Racing) whose cars touched and were eliminated, Barlow returning to the pits while Richardson came to a halt at Paddock Hill Bend, necessitating a brief safety car period while her car was recovered.

Norris handled the restart perfectly to build his lead over Leist to just over a second before the Brazilian fell into Ticktum’s clutches. Dan had a go at finding a way past into Paddock at the end of lap 19 but was rebuffed. He regrouped, made a great exit from Paddock next time around and dived up Leist’s inside into Druids to claim the position. Given a longer race Ticktum might have caught and passed Norris for the win, but with only three laps remaining Lando’s victory was assured.

Said Lando: “Dan was on the wetter side of the track so I was lucky at the start; it made up for not getting the pole. I got slightly better drive into turn one and from there it was a case of trying to stay as calm as possible. I had a big lead by the time Dan got past for second, and I think even if he’d caught me he would have found it hard to get past.”

Ticktum: “I caught Leist up early on but then made a small mistake and lost ground again. After the safety car period I really caught on to him and thought I could get him at Paddock, but I found the track a bit damp there and thought better of it. Next lap I made sure I got a good wide exit from Paddock and got a good run on him up the hill and into Druids.” Dan was the leading Rookie finisher and collected a £500 cheque for his result.

Leist: “My car started to lose traction a bit towards the end of the race, but I am still happy with third place in my first race in Europe. It’s a good start to the championship for me.”

Sennan Fielding made up for a disappointing qualifying to slot into fifth at the start of the race for the JHR Developments team; he was elevated to fourth by Baybutt’s second-lap spin and held on to that position to the chequered flag, ahead of Ricky Collard (TRS Arden). Rafael Martins was a level-headed sixth for SWB Motorsport on his car-racing debut, and second-placed Rookie finisher, ahead of Baybutt and Pull. Enaam Ahmed (TRS Arden) and Tarun Reddy (Double R) completed the top 10, ahead of Josh Smith, Colton Herta, Petru Florescu, Sandy Mitchell, Jack Butel and Darius Karbaley. Alexandra Marinescu did not take the start, sidelined by her Friday testing crash.

Tomorrow’s opening race for MSA Formula – which will be screened on ITV4 at around 1255 – will see James Pull starting from pole, ahead of Baybutt, Martins and Collard. Norris will go from the pole in Sunday’s third and final race.

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional results Round 1, Brands Hatch 4 April 2015
23 laps / 27.78 miles
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 20m 04.829s / 83.01mph
2 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec +1.156s
3 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +2.433s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +3.967s
5 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +4.320s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +8.034s
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +9.103s
8 James PULL / GBR / JTR +10.867s
9 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +12.500s
10 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R +13.702s etc
Fastest lap Ticktum 46.448s / 93.62mph Est Rec

Rookie class 1 Ticktum, 2 Martins, 3 Baybutt, 4 Ahmed, 5 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Norris 25 points; 2 Ticktum 19; 3 Leist 15; 4 Fielding 12; 5 Baybutt 11; 6 Collard 10 etc

Lando Norris quickest for Carlin at Oulton Park

  • Norris tops timesheets both AM and PM to end day a quarter second ahead
  • JHR Developments and Falcon Motorsports teams shake down their Ford EcoBoost-powered cars

OULTON PARK, 10 March, 2015 – Lando Norris today became the fourth different driver in as many official MSA Formula test sessions to end the day on top of the timesheets, the Carlin driver propelling his Ford EcoBoost-powered car to the head of the field in both the morning and afternoon sessions at Oulton.

The 15-year-old from Somerset outpaced his team-mate Colton Herta in the morning session by just five-hundredths of a second, but was a more emphatic 0.28s clear in the afternoon of his closest rival, TRS Arden man Ricky Collard. Collard’s team-mate Sandy Mitchell continued his strong run of test showings by ending the day third overall, just ahead of Fortec runner Dan Ticktum and Herta.

Less than a second separated the top seven today, with the Double R team’s tester, Brazilian Gustavo Myasava, impressing with sixth-best time on his MSA Formula and Oulton Park test debut. The JHR Developments and Falcon Motorsport teams shook down their new cars today, Sennan Fielding at the wheel of JHR’s and Connor Hall handling Falcon’s.

Testing times Oulton Park 10/3/15 (am/pm)
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR Carlin / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:24.182 / 1:22.454
2 Ricky COLLARD / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:26.733 / 1:22.738
3 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:24.885 / 1:22.817
4 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR Fortec / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:25.174 / 1:22.974
5 Colton HERTA / USA Carlin / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:24.230 / 1:23.036
6 Gustavo MYASAVA / BRA Double R / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:26.162 / 1:23.266
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR JTR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:25.335 / 1:23.441
8 Enaam AHMED / GBR Arden / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:25.582 / 1:23.580
9 James PULL / GBR JTR / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:25.711 / 1:23.704
10 Josh SMITH / GBR Fortec / MSA Formula-Ford EcoBoost 1:26.798 / 1:24.264 etc

Full TSL timesheets

Collard on top in the dry, Norris in the wet at Brands

  • Arden’s Ricky Collard leads the Ford EcoBoost runners in morning test
  • Carlin’s Lando Norris quickest in the afternoon’s wet conditions
  • Consistently quick showings in both sessions from Colton Herta, Dan Baybutt

BRANDS HATCH, 26 February, 2015 – Formula Ford veteran Ricky Collard made the best of the weather today on the Brands Indy circuit to secure the best time in the first against-the-clock collective test session of the MSA Formula season.

Ricky accelerated to the top of the timesheets in his Ford EcoBoost-powered Arden-prepared car in the drier morning session, outpacing his closest rival, JTR’s Dan Baybutt, by nine-hundredths of a second. Just 0.5s covered the top seven drivers in the morning session; Colton Herta, Carlin’s young American, was third quickest in the dry, ahead of Fortec’s new signing Dan Ticktum, Arden driver Sandy Mitchell and Carlin’s Lando Norris.

Lando Norris

Lando Norris

Collard’s best lap was 52.574s, and the Hampshireman was pleased with his performance: “To be honest we were just following our running plan and working through our test programme; we were not too fussed what times were being set, so be at the top is no bad thing… The car feels good: the aero package, the mechanical grip and the way the Ford engine is working is so efficient, it’s awesome and I’m really enjoying driving it.”

In the streaming wet afternoon session it was Carlin running mates Norris and Herta who led the way, with Lando popping in an impressive 54.576s after 59 laps of afternoon running. On his 64th and final lap of the session Herta responded with a 54.999s. JTR team-mates James Pull and Baybutt were third and fourth fastest in the wet.

Dan Baybutt

Dan Baybutt

The SWB Motorsport team gave its two MSA Formula chassis their first serious outings today, with Jerseyman Jack Butel an encouraging eighth fastest in the wet. There was a shakedown run also for the first of Richardson Racing’s cars.

Next week the MSA Formula test action switches to Snetterton and Donington Park.

Testing times Brands Hatch 26/2/15 (am/pm)
1 Ricky COLLARD/GBR Arden 52.574s/58.593s
2 Daniel BAYBUTT/GBR JTR 52.662s/55.992s
3 Colton HERTA/USA Carlin 52.747s/54.999s
4 Daniel TICKTUM/GBR Fortec 52.848s/57.086s
5 Sandy MITCHELL/GBR Arden 52.892s/58.707s
6 Lando NORRIS/GBR Carlin 52.914s/54.576s
7 James PULL/GBR JTR 53.086s/55.235s
8 Enaam AHMED/GBR Arden 53.363s/56.939s
9 Josh SMITH/GBR Fortec 53.808s/1m 00.766s
10 Petru FLORESCU/ROU Carlin 54.181s/56.360s etc

Full TSL timesheets

Lando Norris joins Carlin for MSA Formula campaign

  • Youngest-ever world kart champion signs with Carlin squad for new Ford EcoBoost-powered championship
Lando Norris

Lando Norris

12 December, 2014 – Karting World Champion Lando Norris is today confirmed as the first driver to secure a seat with the crack Carlin team for next year’s MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost. The 15-year-old will be one of the youngest on the grid when Britain’s newest and most exciting junior single-seater championship blasts into action at Brands Hatch in April.

Said Lando: “I’m really excited to be driving with Carlin next year. They are a great team with a brilliant history and I can’t wait to get going. You have only to look at the list of names they have helped through the years – like Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo – to know you are in good hands with a chance to progress to the top.”

Norris, who first started competing in karts aged seven, enjoyed a brilliantly successful 2014 season, clinching the CIK FIA KF World Championship to make history as the youngest-ever karting World Championship winner. He also contested the Ginetta Junior Championship, taking four race wins and eight podiums on his way to third overall and the honours for top rookie.

“Lando is an amazing young talent and has huge potential,” says team boss Trevor Carlin. “We’re delighted to have him in the team and look forward to helping him reach his goals next season. It’s a testament to the MSA in making the championship eligible to 15-year-olds that we’re able to keep talent like Lando in the UK at the start of his single-seater career.”

Norris is the first of Carlin’s MSA Formula drivers to be revealed; the identities of his team-mates are due to be unveiled soon.

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and will be the British Touring Car Championship’s single-seater support series, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. Twelve teams – Arden Motorsport, Carlin, Double R Racing, Falcon Motorsport, Fortec Motorsport, JHR Developments, JTR, MBM Motorsport, Richardson Racing, Scorpio Motorsport, SWB Motorsport and Team Pyro – have bought the 32 Ford EcoBoost-powered chassis available for the coming season.

The championship will be decided over 30 races; three at each of the 10 BTCC meetings to be held between April and October.

Carlin is one of the largest teams outside Formula 1, with race winning experience in a variety of championships including British F3, Porsche Supercup, World Series by Nissan, Formula Renault 3.5, A1GP, FIA Formula 3 European Championship, GP3 Series and GP2 Series. Some of today’s most successful drivers have passed through the team, including racers in F1, IndyCar, WTCC and DTM. F1 drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and Max Chilton amongst others, add up to a third of the current F1 field who are former Carlin alumni.