Young Lando Norris leaves Knockhill with a smaller gap to his rival in the championship, but will regret not being able to keep the lead after not performing as well as he would have liked in the final race.
Like he had been most of the season, Norris was one of the quickest drivers during practice. However; unlike his two closest championship rivals, he was unable to break into the 49 seconds. After a lot of analysis with the team he was able to improve, putting it on pole for the opening race.
The ADD Motorsports-supported driver said: “We were quite a way off the leaders after practice, but the team worked really hard to help me close the gap. So to qualify with the first and second fastest times after that start on Friday, was a brilliant effort and set me up nicely for the win.”
“It was just a shame a few mistakes in the other two races cost us. But we are in a great position now, just four points off the leader and with a bigger gap to third place – so I’m happy with how the weekend went overall.”
Norris had gone into Sunday as the championship leader after rival Ricky Collard was forced to retire with damage from the opening race. Leaving the door open for Norris to take victory after Dan Ticktum was given a time penalty.
The second race had not gone as planned with the Carlin driver, after an aggressive move saw him retire, bringing out the safety car on lap 9. However; his blushes were spared with Ticktum also not scoring and Collard picking up a poor result in a race with only 12 finishers.
“I felt if I hadn’t made the slight mistake in the second race, I wouldn’t have got hit and it would have been a lot different. But there wasn’t a lot I could do in the last race really. I know I should have been right up there in the last race and could have won it.”
“Little mistakes make all the difference at this stage, so although I’m in a really good position now with three races left, I hope I can cut them out and keep on pushing all the way.”
Norris leaves Knockhill with a four point gap to Collard in front.