Yet another victory for Lando Norris sees him extend his MSA Formula lead, ensuring that he can wrap up the championship in race two later today. The win came after he made a clean start and quickly retook the lead from team mate Colton Herta who finished second.
The race saw the best example of team orders used this season as the top four came across the line in two by two. The result proved to be the best possible for all parties and has ensured that Ricky Collard stays in touch with the championship battle.
The top four had broken away from the start with Norris leading Herta, Collard and the second TRS Arden car of Enaam Ahmed. With Ahmed the top rookie on the track and his rivals quickly falling back, he appeared to allow his team mate to retain third as he comfortably took the rookie win and edges closer to the title.
With Collard all but confirmed third, the two Carlins, who’d broken away at the front, started to battle amongst themselves, but with every point vital for Norris, many felt Herta wasn’t going to be as brave as many thought he could be.
Sennan Fielding had started in third, but contact in the opening corner saw him pick up damage. He eventually settled down in fifth position, but the front wing damage saw him lap over a second slower than the leader and culminated in a queue forming behind him.
After a few laps of running he was given the black and orange flag and was eventually passed by Rafael Martins, who went on to finish fifth. As the rest of the cars soared past him, Fielding eventually came into the pits, saving his tyres for race two.
Martins was not able to catch the leaders but did pick up a vital second place in the Nations Cup, while an excellent race from Sandy Mitchell saw him climb to sixth with Daniel Baybutt in seventh, collecting the reverse grid pole.
Toby Sowery finished ahead of Petru Florescu and James Pull after all three saw incidents in which they fell back. The most notable had been at the half way point when Sowery hit Pull, spinning him out of sixth place.