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Norris beats Collard to win BRDC British F3 race one at Rockingham

by Peter Allen
Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Lando Norris triumphed in a battle with Carlin team-mate Ricky Collard to win the first BRDC British Formula 3 race of the weekend at Rockingham.

Norris had taken pole, but was beaten off the line by Collard, but the new BMW Motorsport junior driver’s margin?of nearly a second at the end of the first lap would be the biggest his lead would ever reach.

Collard kept the gap at no less than half a second for most of the race, but Norris then got significantly closer going onto the penultimate lap, and after a close battle for several corners, the 16-year-old got past and opened up a 1.6-second advantage on the final lap.

The positions behind the Carlin pair remained static from start-to-finish, with?Matheus Leist claiming third ahead of?Thomas Randle?and?Aleksanteri Huovinen.

Enaam Ahmed got ahead of?Ameya Vaidyanathan on the opening lap for sixth, with?Tarun Reddy,?Thomas Maxwell and?Quinlan Lall competing the top 10.

After taking the championship lead at Brands Hatch,?Toby Sowery had a poor day, qualifying only 13th and then dropping back at the start before recovering to 14th. Collard is now three points ahead.