Lando Norris: “It Just All Fell into Place”

by Connor Jackson

After failing to finish on the podium in Donington, Lando Norris was happy to be able to return to winning ways. While an excellent drive in the second race saw him take victory at Thruxton.

The Carlin driver completed qualifying with a good run to line up second behind pole sitter Sandy Mitchell, 0.8 seconds ahead of the competition.

The first race saw him drop positions early on, despite this he managed to make up ground and push for fourth as he challenged the podium positions. However; a late move on Sennan Fielding with 1 minute left proved to be too much of a gamble. The pair collided, Norris continued but could only finish tenth, dropping the opportunity of many more points.

He commented afterwards saying; “If I’d driven better in the first race and not made a mistake overtaking I’d probably be at the top of the Championship now.”

The second race was more successful, with a good start seeing him retain his position as he worked his way through the field. With 5 minutes left, Norris was up to third and rapidly catching the two leading Brazilians of Rafael Martins and Matheus Leist. He managed to take second at village before finally grabbing the lead on the final lap to beat Martins and claim the 25 points.

“After the first race my pace didn’t look great, so starting 10th in the second race we were hoping for a Top 5 at best,” said the Glastonbury born driver. “In the second race I came back from 10th to win it, which was pretty special. But I drove a lot better and was more aggressive with my moves and it just all fell into place.”

The final race saw him once again lose his second position on the grid but overtook new championship leader, Ricky Collard late on to pick up the final podium place. “Getting on the podium again in the final race was a good way to end the weekend,” he said, happy with his performance on Sunday.

“It was a really good weekend with a big improvement from Donington.” He commented, “But it’s given me a lot of confidence again going forward. I’m now hoping to stay in the Top 3. There aren’t a lot of points separating us, so I’m aiming for more podiums in the next rounds and we’ll see what happens.”

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