TEAM NEWS: Norris takes pole position in red flag disrupted session

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TEAM NEWS 22 AUGUST, 2015 – Carlin’s Lando Norris has made his intentions clear for this weekend by taking a strong pole position at Knockhill in this morning’s MSA Formula Championship qualifying session. The British racer was trading positions at the top throughout and as the chequered flag fell was the driver to beat and in position to claim a further pole position in the 2015 season. Despite two red flags during the 20 minute session all three Carlin drivers held their nerve well with Colton Herta on the pace to set the fourth fastest time and Petru Florescu strongly rounding off the top ten.

A short Knockhill circuit was the setting this morning for the qualifying action; the length of the circuit would inevitably lead to a fast paced and thrilling session as the cars came thick and fast to cross the line. As the cars streamed on to the circuit it was Norris and Daniel Ticktum who were trading places at the top – both championship contenders looking to solidify their positions.

Meanwhile Herta, who claimed his maiden win last time out at Snetterton, was looking strong and was consistently running in the top five as he got to grips with the Scottish track. Florescu was also improving well and gaining positions however his progress was halted at the mid-point of the session when a red flag was waved on track sending all cars back to the pit lane.

With the damage cleared up a few minutes later the field were free to take to the track once again however with no new flying laps complete, and just a few minutes later, a further red flag was waved as the car of Tarun Reddy was recovered.

Soon enough though the track was green once again and the qualifying session could get underway in earnest. The seven minutes remaining provided enough time for the grid to change dramatically again and at the front it was once again Norris and Ticktum who were trading positions.

As the chequered flag fell it was Norris who was the driver to beat taking a brilliant pole position by 0.078 seconds. American racer Herta had also maintained his strong position to take fourth while Florescu had improved in the final minutes to ensure a solid top ten starting position.

Norris said: “The two red flags made it a little more challenging but it didn’t seem to make too much of a difference in the end. We had gone out on new tyres after the red flag only for another one to come out on track; so that did ruin our initial plan a little. However we got it together for the last part of the session and it worked out really well. Yesterday wasn’t our strongest day but the car felt really good and we knew where we needed to improve so we worked hard last night and got it right. The car felt great again today and the team did a great job too. I’m looking forward to the races now and pleased to have taken pole position.