NORRIS SECURES THE TOYOTA RACING TITLE
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.
Norris took another win in New Zealand Norris: first Briton to win NZ GP
since Jackie Stewart