TEAM NEWS: Norris opens Silverstone account as quickest

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TEAM NEWS 25 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Carlin’s Lando Norris has opened his Silverstone MSA Formula weekend as the quickest driver of the day following a fantastic lap set in this afternoon’s Free Practice session. The British racer, who currently leads the championship, is looking to further his advantage during the penultimate round of the season. Team mate Colton Herta has also been on the pace throughout the day setting the third quickest time this afternoon while Petru Florescu has been getting up to speed nicely around the short Silverstone National circuit finishing 14th this afternoon.

With just six races left in which to gain the advantage, practice today at Silverstone was a hotly contested affair as the times fell quickly with all championship contenders looking to gain the upper hand.

This morning, American racer Herta was the highest placed of the Carlin runners after enjoying a strong session which left him as the second quickest driver on track with Norris in fourth and Florescu in 14th.

Just a few hours later and it was time for the three drivers to make their way back out on to the 1.64 mile track for the second practice session of the day. Norris was on the pace from the offset and quickly moved up as the fastest driver on track. However Herta was on hot on his heels and had soon knocked his team mate down to second position as the pair dominated.

In the final ten minutes Norris asserted his speed and had jumped back to the very top in a position that he was able to hold as his own until the very end of practice – an impressive 0.226 seconds faster than second placed driver, and title rival, Ricky Collard. Herta meanwhile ended the day in third overall while Florescu improved his time throughout the duration to finish 14th.

Ending the day as the quickest driver on track Lando said: “The first session was quite good, I was fourth and not that far behind but there were some things to work on. But we had a good test plan for the second session and made some improvements and I put it all together to post some good laps. I think we’re in good shape for tomorrow.”

Finishing the day as a top three runner in both sessions, Herta added: “Today was OK, I was in the top three in both sessions but there is a bit more pace to be found I think. The second session was a little different, the circuit had evolved a bit, the track temperature had changed and there was more rubber down. But I think we’ve learned a good amount today which will help us tomorrow.”

Florescu said of his day: “For sure I think we made progress today but there is still more to come and work to do this evening. Throughout the two sessions there were definitely improvements but there is more to come from me in terms of getting the most out of the new tyres, so we see what we can do in qualifying in the morning.”