Victory puts Norris on top of the Toyota Racing Series championship
MSA Formula champion Lando Norris grabbed the lead of the Toyota Racing Series championship in New Zealand with victory at Teretonga Park last weekend.
British teenager Norris came into the weekend third in the standings and had a mighty battle with Force India F1 protege Jehan Daruvala over the series’ second race weekend.
Norris grabbed pole for the first race but lost out to Daruvala at the start. Norris snuck back into the lead before being bunched up into the pack by a safety car. Daruvala took the chance to snatch the lead and the win.
Pedro Piquet started race two on pole and led from lights to flag to score his first TRS victory as Norris fought up to second. Daruvala could only manage fifth.
Norris began the final race, which counted for the Spirit of a Nation Trophy, on pole and made no mistake this time to head the field throughout. Norris had to deal with two safety car periods, but held off Brendon Leitch in a two-lap sprint to the flag. Daruvala was 17th after a collision.
Norris leads the championship by 34 points from Artem Markelov. Daruvala is sixth.