At the end of the final day of MSA Formula testing, Lando Norris is once again the driver to beat as his main rival, Ricky Collard has a disappointing day after an incident in the first session put an pin in his running, around the Brands Hatch circuit.
Norris started the first session strong, but was behind the TRS Arden driver for a short time as the tyres warmed up. As a result, the usually on-pace Norris was forced to settle for fourth place until the first red flag came out.
Collard had been running in third, but it soon became clear his car was not returning to the paddock. The session was stopped for ten minutes with the car being removed from the track as Collard retired from the session.
This had a knock on effect, with Collard not even making it out of the garage at the start of the second practice session. Although he would eventually make an appearance, he struggled throughout, eventually finishing in twelfth.
In the second session it was Norris who dominated. Having only made his way up to second in the opening session, the Carlin driver managed to pull out a lead over the field with the track now warmer and noticeably quicker.
Matheus Leist had been the quickest driver in first practice pushing down fellow international driver Colton Herta. However; it was Herta who made the biggest impact in the afternoon going quicker than the Brazilian after only 4 minutes of running.
With both fighting for honours in the Nations Cup, they’ll both know the importance of finishing in front of each other on track, they were second and fourth in the overall times with Herta the driver ahead.
With Dan Ticktum not featuring, the rookie cup still looks up for grabs with both Enaam Ahmed and Sandy Mitchell running strong. They finished third and fifth in the overall times as they look to close the 50 point deficit.
Sixth overall was Sennan Fielding with a 1:27.095, the fastest of the drivers not to fall into the one minute 26 second range. Collard meanwhile would not improve on his morning session time and would end up twelfth overall as well.