Report supplied by team PR
TEAM NEWS 10 OCTOBER, 2015 – Lando Norris extended his lead in the MSA Formula Championship today to 29 points with his eighth victory of the season at Brands Hatch despite close competition from team mate Colton Herta who challenged to the end to take second. Petru Florescu had an eventful race to finish ninth place. Norris’ win was the team’s 300th victory, the first of which was taken by Narain Karthikeyan, also at the Brands Hatch circuit.
Starting from pole position Norris had Herta right alongside him while Florescu was starting from eighth. As the lights went out it was Herta who made the best initial start but Norris was able to fight back going into turn one to take the lead. Behind them, Florescu had maintained eighth but was fighting hard with the cars around him.
With the start passing without incident for the leaders, Norris and Herta were able to pull away from the rest of the field, which was led by championship contender Ricky Collard. Florescu meanwhile was fighting hard for eighth position, although dropped to ninth on lap two.
A relatively uneventful race allowed Norris and Herta to extend their lead; the gap was up to nearly eight seconds by the end of the race, as Norris set fastest lap after fastest lap to take the full house of pole, fastest lap and win. After the gap between the two team mates increased and decreased from 0.3s up to 0.7s, it was Norris who took the team’s 300th win from Herta with Florescu ninth.
Norris said: “I didn’t get the best of starts and Colton gave me a good run into the first corner but I managed to get the lead into turn one. From there I managed to pull a bit of a gap, and then Colton would close in a bit and I would push to pull away. It’s good to get maximum points and take the team’s 300th win.”
Herta added: “I had a good race overall, I managed to pressure Lando for most of it. I had a bit of a hiccup after initially a good start but I took good points for my championship.”