Lando Norris Leaves Spa with Second Victory in Three Races


Lando Norris rounded out his Spa-Francorchamps break in style by grabbing the final win by 0.509 seconds. The victory was his fourth BRDC British F3 of the season. It’ll prepares him for his Formula Renault return in a few weeks.

As the final race grid is decided by fastest laps, it’s not unusual for drivers that have struggled all weekend to find themselves at the front. Defending champion, Will Palmer was expected to be amongst the contendors, though his Spa weekend had not gone to plan.

After keeping out of trouble in race two, Palmer found himself on pole and used it to his advantage. The HHC Motorsport driver held onto the lead into the first corner, but was unable to break away. Matheus Leist got side by side with him along the Kemmel straight before being edged out, falling to second.

The Brazilian soon lost another place to Ricky Collard as Palmer put in another strong effort to defend his position. Despite starting fifth, Norris worked his way up to second, as Leist and Collard fell in behind.

The field soon spread out with Palmer pulling away slightly, though Norris closed up after another two laps. He took the lead along the Kemmel straight, as Palmer quickly fell back and lost another place to Leist.

The fight for fourth intensified as the top three broke away. Collard, who was unable to keep up with the front runners, dropped back, threatening his championship. Toby Sowery made the most of the opportunity and jumped to fourth with Thomas Randle following him through.

This left Norris to take victory from Leist and Palmer who fell back later on. Sowery was fourth from Randle and Collard, while Thomas Maxwell came home as best of the rest in seventh. Tarun Reddy was given a 1 second penalty for passing under yellow flags, promoting Eugene Denyssen to eighth.

The result means Collard leaves the weekend with a narrow 4 point lead over Leist with Randle and Sowery still in with a chance at the title.