NOR­RIS SE­CURES THE TOY­OTA RAC­ING TI­TLE

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MSA For­mula cham­pion Lando Nor­ris claimed the Toy­ota Rac­ing Se­ries ti­tle last week­end in Man­feild and also be­came the first Bri­ton since Jackie Ste­wart in 1967 to win the New Zealand Grand Prix.

The 16-year-old se­cured the cham­pi­onship in the se­cond race of the week­end with fourth place, and he fin­ished the sea­son with vic­tory in the Grand Prix fi­nale – notch­ing his sixth win of the cam­paign.

He fin­ished 135 points ahead of clos­est ri­val Je­han Daru­vala in the stand­ings.

“It’s been a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence out here in New Zealand, made all the bet­ter by win­ning the ti­tle,” said Nor­ris. “To take the ti­tle with a race to spare meant I could re­lax in the fi­nal race and to fol­low in the foot­steps of a leg­end like Sir Jackie Ste­wart by win­ning that is a real hon­our.

“At 40 min­utes and 35 laps it was the long­est race I’ve ever taken part in, but I re­ally en­joyed it. To get eight out of 10 poles over­all was a great ef­fort in the end. It gives me a lot of con­fi­dence go­ing for­ward.”

Nor­ris had been on course to win the open­ing race of the week­end, but lost out on the restart fol­low­ing a safety car and could only fin­ish third, be­hind Fer­di­nand Hab­s­burg and James Munro.

He set­tled for fourth in the re­versed grid se­cond race but was a com­fort­able win­ner in the fi­nale.

Nor­ris joins an il­lus­tri­ous list of Bri­tons who have won the New Zealand Grand Prix, which also in­cludes For­mula 1 stars Gra­ham Hill, John Sur­tees and Stir­ling Moss.

Pho­tos: Euan Cameron, LAT

Nor­ris took an­other win in New Zealand Nor­ris: first Bri­ton to win NZ GP

since Jackie Ste­wart

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