Report supplied by team PR
TEAM NEWS 5 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Lando Norris and Colton Herta shared the MSA Formula Championship pole positions at Rockingham this morning, with Norris setting the fastest time overall in qualifying with Herta just behind in second. Norris’s time means the British racer will start from pole for race one of the weekend. With drivers’ second fastest laps setting the grid for race three, Herta will line up on pole, with Norris in P2. Petru Florescu was also well within the top 10 and ended his session eighth. Norris also takes five points for pole position today, which puts him back in the championship lead.
Fifteen-year-old Norris proved his pace yesterday was not a one off, going quickest in this morning’s qualifying session at the half way point. Herta and Florescu were both also in the top 10, with the American sixth and the Romanian ninth as the red flag was shown after an accident for championship leader Ricky Collard.
After a few minutes in the pit lane the session recommenced, the drivers all taking to the track on slick tyres, despite the grey cloud overhead. Herta wasted no time in making improvements, jumping up to third with his first flying lap after the track went green while Norris also improved with a 1.18.077 to consolidate his provisional pole position. Herta was also flying, the 15 year-old jumped Daniel Ticktum to go second behind Norris while Florescu improved to sixth. With just a few seconds of the session remaining, Florescu was relegated to eighth by the smallest of margins with his team mates taking a 1-2.
Norris said: “The car felt good and I improved in a few places which helped and I managed to put it all together. There were a few damp patches but overall the track was good. It’s good to have my team mate up there as well, hopefully we can pull away and make a bit of a gap.”
With pole position for race three, Herta was also pleased with his qualifying performance: “I’m happy with how the session went, it was a bit of a struggle in the first half of the session but after the red flag we had two new tyres on and I worked hard to get them up to temperature quickly and ended up P2. It’s good to have pole for race three as well, so hopefully we can get some good results.”
Florescu added: “I think we made some improvements from yesterday but I’m a bit frustrated to be eighth as it was very close and I think top five should have been possible. But it’s good to be in the mix and we see what we can do in the races now.”