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Lando Norris claims debut single-seater win in MSA Formula opener

by Peter Allen
Lando Norris

Photo: Paul Davies Photography

Lando Norris claimed victory on his single-seater debut in the first race of the new MSA Formula series at Brands Hatch.

After qualifying second on the grid, the world karting champion and Ginetta Junior graduate claimed the lead off the start.

Pole-sitter Dan Baybutt slipped back to fourth on the opening lap, with Matheus Leist up into second and Dan Ticktum third.

The race was neutralised by a safety car after incidents in the first few tours, with Jack Barlow retiring to the pits and Louise Richardson and Gustavo Myasava also out.

After the restart, Leist put the pressure on Norris and closed to within two tenths of a second across the line at one stage, but the Carlin prospect responded well and quickly opened up a one-second advantage to make sure of his victory.

Meanwhile, Brazilian F3 B-class runner-up Leist fell back into the clutches of car racing debutant Ticktum, and the Fortec driver was able to depose his Double R counterpart from second place at Druids on the penultimate lap.

Ex-BRDC F4 racer Sennan Fielding came through to fourth after starting ninth, resisting late attention from Ricky Collard. Sixth was Rafa Martin ahead of Baybutt and his JTR team-mate James Pull.

World junior karting champion Enaam Ahmed was up into fifth by the end of lap two but was shuffled back to ninth by the finish, with Tarun Reddy completing the top ten.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin 23 laps in 20:04.829
2 Daniel Ticktum Fortec Motorsports 1.156
3 Matheus Leist Double R Racing 2.433
4 Sennan Fielding JHR Developments 3.967
5 Ricky Collard Arden 4.320
6 Rafa Martins SWB Motorsport 8.034
7 Dan Baybutt JTR 9.103
8 James Pull JTR 10.867
9 Enaam Ahmed Arden 12.500
10 Tarun Reddy Double R Racing 13.702
11 Josh Smith Fortec Motorsports 14.001
12 Colton Herta Carlin 15.671
13 Petru Florescu Carlin 16.572
14 Sandy Mitchell Arden 25.071
15 Jack Butel SWB Motorsport 31.253
16 Darius Karbaley Falcon Motorsport 39.572
Not classified
Gustavo Myasava Double R Racing +21 laps
Louise Richardson Richardson Racing +22 laps
Jack Barlow MBM Motorsport +23 laps