Report supplied by team PR
TEAM NEWS SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 – Lando Norris took victory in the first MSA Formula race of the weekend at Rockingham this afternoon to extend his newly reclaimed lead in the championship standings. The British racer saw his biggest challenge come from team mate Colton Herta, who starting from second on the gird initially took the lead, before slotting into third behind Daniel Ticktum. Despite pressure throughout the race, Herta couldn’t quite make a pass and took the final podium position while Petru Florescu made up one place to seventh.
Starting first and second on the gird, it was always going to be a close fight between team mates Norris and Herta as the action got underway. Sure enough when the lights went out, it was Herta who made the better start off the line to initially edge ahead with third placed start Dan Ticktum challenging the Carlin men in the hairpin. Running alongside Norris, Herta took the highline off the banking into the hairpin, only for Norris to take the lead and Ticktum to steal through into second. Florescu had stayed clear of any incidents from his eighth place grid slot and was seventh at the end of lap one.
The safety car was needed on lap two after an incident for Toby Sawery, which neutralised the racing action. At the restart, Norris made a good getaway, getting the jump on Ticktum to maintain the lead while Herta was close behind in third and Florescu seventh.
As the race entered the second half, Herta began putting Ticktum under pressure, closing the gap to just over 0.3 seconds for several laps. Despite getting close in the hairpin on numerous occasions, Herta didn’t quite have enough to pass and crossed the line in third. Florescu was seventh and claimed third on the rookie podium. Norris meanwhile extended his lead over Ricky Collard in the championship standings, taking a full house with pole positions, fastest lap and a race win.
Norris said, “I think Colton made the better start and he managed to edge ahead a little but I was able to take the lead at the hairpin. Then I focused on not making any mistakes. The car felt good so it was a nice race. It’s good to take the championship lead back and get the extra point for fastest lap as well.”