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Lando Norris wins race one at Brands Hatch to close on title

by Peter Allen
Lando Norris

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Lando Norris has moved a step closer to wrapping up the MSA Formula title with victory in the opening race of the final weekend at Brands Hatch.

Norris was challenged off the line by a great start from his Carlin team-mate Colton Herta, but Norris managed to lead into the first corner and he stayed out front for the remainder of the race.

Herta stayed close and finished within half a second of Norris but was unable to challenge for the lead.

Norris’ rival Ricky Collard gained a place from fourth on the grid but finished nine seconds back.

With Norris getting the fastest lap and a bonus point, he has now extended his championship lead to 29 points. A margin of 27 after the reverse-grid race two would be enough for Norris to secure the title.

Collard was pursued to the flag by his Arden team-mate Enaam Ahmed.

Sennan Fielding dropped out of fifth place after a black-and-orange flag called him to the pits due to a damaged front wing.

That position therefore went to Rafa Martins. Contact between James Pull and Toby Sowery relegated both down the order, giving sixth to Sandy Mitchell and seventh to Dan Baybutt.

Sowery took eighth ahead of Petru Florescu and Pull.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin 14 laps in 20:31.783
2 Colton Herta Carlin +0.478
3 Ricky Collard Arden +8.957
4 Enaam Ahmed Arden +9.977
5 Rafa Martins SWB Motorsport +21.783
6 Sandy Mitchell Arden +22.803
7 Daniel Baybutt JTR +22.980
8 Toby Sowery MBM Motorsport +24.899
9 Petru Florescu Carlin +26.907
10 James Pull Fortec Motorsports +27.745
11 Louise Richardson Richardson Racing +37.116
12 Jack Butel JHR Developments +37.753
13 Greg Holloway Richardson Racing +1:16.788
14 Josh Smith Fortec Motorsports +1 lap
Not classified
Darius Karbaley Falcon Motorsport +2 laps
Ameya Vaidyanathan JTR +9 laps
Sennan Fielding JHR Developments +10 laps
Tarun Reddy Double R Racing +12 laps
Matheus Leist Double R Racing +14 laps