As MSA Formula gears up in Rockingham, 15 year old Lando Norris leads the times after Friday testing. The Carlin driver managed to end the day 6 hundredths quicker than the next nearest car as he looks to close the 4 point disadvantage he has in the championship.
Norris was pushed in the first session by Ricky Collard as the two continued their season-long championship battle. However; Collard could not improve in the second session. The only driver in the top ten not to do so. This would leave him in fifth overall in the standings with a best of 1:18.627.
As for Norris himself, he would improve after late challenger Sennan Fielding upped his game, the Carlin driver eventually ending testing with a best of 1:18.242. After the practice sessions, Norris said;
“Sennan was fastest and then I went out for my second run and improved by two-tenths, which is quite a bit – it was a good session.”
“We’ve done a few days testing here and I know the circuit quite well, but everyone is very close behind. I’ll be concentrating on trying to win the first and last races but we will have to wait to see what happens; it will be tough.”
Behind them in the standings were Dan Ticktum and Colton Herta. The two drivers go into this weekend knowing that their championship hopes will largely rest on the misfortune of others, while a solid second session sees them in with a shout as they’ll be aiming for 5 points from qualifying.
Behind Collard in sixth is his TRS Arden team mate, Enaam Ahmed, who will be on top form after his maiden podium in Knockhill.
Meanwhile Toby Sowery returns to the series with Richardson Racing supporting Greg Holloway in his first MSA Formula weekend.