Lightning Lando Does The Double
Glastonbury racer Lando Norris took two sensational victories at the latest rounds of the Formula Kart Stars National Championship. The results mean that the 12 year-old is the provisional 2012 Rotax Mini Max Champion.
The ADD Motorsports supported driver made it an even more incredible weekend by making his FKS debut in the Junior Max category too, taking a brilliant second place on Sunday.
On Saturday in qualifying Lando set the second fastest time and followed it up with second place in the opening heat. In the second heat he struggled and eventually crossed the line in seventh place. His results meant that he would start fourth for the final.
A fantastic drive from the second row allowed him to move into the lead and win by just under half a second.
In round ten of the series on Sunday Lando could only manage the third fastest time in qualifying, but he followed it immediately in the opening heat with another second place. In the second heat he faired better than the previous day, clinching fourth place. This gave the Millfield School pupil third on the grid for the final.
Lando was made to work hard in the final but after 15 frantic laps he was able to cross the line with just over half a second in hand over his nearest rival.
The results over the two days meant that Lando's overall points tally now cannot be caught by his nearest rival if he does not compete in the category at the final rounds next month, meaning he is the provisional 2012 FKS Rotax Mini Max Champion.
A double victory was the best possible way for Lando to seal the national title and he was understandably over the moon to finally have one hand on the crown after such a fantastic start to the year.
“I'm so happy to have taken victory in both finals over the weekend,” he smiled. “We weren't really thinking about the championship and we're still double checking the results to make sure it's definitely correct,” he added.
“I started out at the beginning of the season with the intention of trying to win as many races as possible and not think about the title, although we knew it was a possibility. We've worked really hard right from the start of the series and it's paid off.”
Not content with his Mini Max schedule Lando was able to compete alongside his older brother Oli in the Junior Max category and picked up a fantastic second place finish on Sunday.
Lando now has two weeks before he's back in Mini Max action, at the MSA Super One Series at Wigan.