Lando On The Podium In Wales
Lando Norris scored another superb podium result at the weekend as he prepares for the start of his UK championship season. The Glastonbury based youngster took second place in the club meeting at the Glan Y Gors circuit in North Wales.
The three-day meeting got off to a fantastic start for Lando as he finished each test session almost half a second faster than the rest of his rivals. On Sunday he couldn't find the same pace and had to settle for third on the grid for heat one.
An attacking start allowed him to battle for the lead throughout the opening race. With just five corners left he dived into first place and held on to take victory and a pole-position for the second heat.
As the lights went out for the second race Lando got jumped by the three guys alongside him and was down in fourth place as they went into the first corner. Despite a fierce charge he took fifth at the chequered flag.
His results gave him a front row start for the final. As the lights went out Lando nailed the throttle and made a fantastic move around the outside of his pole-starting rival to take the lead into the first corner. Over the course of the race the pair towed each other round to pull out a 100 metre gap over the rest of the field.
As the pair traded positions Lando looked for a way to maintain a lead. In the closing stages his rival braked early on the entry to a left-hand corner and Lando dived to the outside to overtake. However, the other driver realising his mistake turned into Lando forcing him off the circuit.
Despite the incident, Lando had enough time over the third placed driver to get back on track and still finish in second place. Although frustrated that he'd missed out on victory he was incredibly happy with his performance over the course of the weekend , especially with the national campaigns about to get under way.
“I said it last week but I'm saying it again now; this has been the best weekend we've had so far,” he smiled. “We've shown what we can do and that the pace is there to win races at the top level. We weren't the quickest car during the day on Sunday but were still able to challenge so everything is coming together.”
“I think we're going to have a very strong start to the two main championships. We know we're quick and that we should be winners. It's exactly what I'm going out there to try and do,” he added.
Lando's first major championship, the Formula Kart Stars Series, gets underway at the beginning of April at Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire.