Vic­tory puts Nor­ris on top of the Toy­ota Rac­ing Se­ries cham­pi­onship

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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.

Nor­ris (left) fought hard with Daru­vala at Tere­tonga Park

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