TEAM NEWS: Two podiums for Herta at Knockhill

Colton Herta

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TEAM NEWS 23 AUGUST, 2015 – Colton Herta completed a strong weekend with two second places in race two and race three of the weekend at the Knockhill circuit. The 15-year-old survived two eventful MSA Formula Championship races to add to his championship tally. Lando Norris endured two very difficult races, the British racer was tapped into a spin and into retirement in race two earlier today and was seventh in the final race of the weekend this afternoon after contact once again. Petru Florescu took 11th this morning, but was a non-finisher this afternoon, after also receiving contact from behind.

Following his misfortune in race two of the weekend this morning, Norris was keen to make the most of his second place starting position in race three. The Carlin man made a good start to keep second, while Daniel Ticktum, who was later judged to have made a jump start and would later take a drive through penalty, led the field. Herta meanwhile had also held onto his fourth place starting position. Florescu, starting from 14th, had made a good start making up positions.

Norris quickly found himself under attack from Ricky Collard, keen to take back the championship lead which Norris had seized after a dominant Saturday performance. Collard managed to find a gap and squeezed through, while Herta also took the opportunity to move up as well, passing his team mate to take third and relegating Norris to fourth.

Sennan Fielding was also soon on the attack, passing Norris and attacking Herta. Norris received several bumps which pushed him down to seventh.

At the front, Ticktum served his drive through for a jump start which elevated Herta to second, Norris to sixth and Florescu to eighth on lap four. Herta then began a chain of fastest laps, improving lap after lap to close on Collard.

Florescu meanwhile saw his race end after contact from behind on lap nine which broke his rear suspension, leaving him stranded on track. That brought out the safety car which temporarily backed up the field. At the restart, Collard managed to get the jump on Herta, who nevertheless pushed hard to try and make up the gap, getting within 0.7 seconds on the final lap, but wasn’t quite able to find a way though. Norris meanwhile, suffering with a broken front wing was now seventh, the position he would take at the flag.

Speaking after his second podium of the weekend, Herta said: “I think we just kept the momentum going after the two wins at Snetterton and we’re looking good in the championship now. I thought I might be able to have a go at Ricky [Collard] but after he broke away after the safety car it wasn’t until the last few laps that I got close enough again.

“It’s not easy to learn all these new tracks,” added the American, “but when you have a team mate as fast as Lando to share data with it helps, and of course MSA Formula is really good in the number of practice sessions we get. I’ve really enjoyed racing here this weekend.”