Mixed week­end for Nor­ris as he wins sec­ond FR NEC race af­ter gear­box is­sues in opener

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports -

It was a week­end of mixed for­tunes for Lando Nor­ris in the For­mula Re­nault 2.0 North­ern Euro­pean Cup. The 16-year-old scored a dom­i­nant lights-to-flag win in race two af­ter a gear­box fail­ure had pre­vented his par­tic­i­pa­tion in race one.

With Nor­ris side­lined, pole­sit­ter Max De­fourny es­caped into a lead he would never lose in race one. The main ac­tion un­folded be­hind him in the bat­tle for sec­ond. Will Palmer held the po­si­tion for the du­ra­tion of the race, but mas­sive tyre grain­ing in the clos­ing laps al­lowed cham­pi­onship leader Do­rian Boc­co­lacci through on the fi­nal lap at Copse.

Nor­ris’ DNS in race one meant he had fresh tyres to use in race two and he duly made the most of them to leave the field trail­ing in his wake. This time, Palmer was able to fend off Boc­co­lacci to make it a Bri­tish 1-2, with Je­han Daru­vala ex­e­cut­ing a dar­ing move on De­fourny for fourth around the out­side of Club on lap five.

Den­nis Lind was the fastest driver all week­end in the Lamborghini Su­per Tro­feo, but a costly er­ror in race two pre­vented him from mak­ing it a per­fect dou­ble. The Dane was un­chal­lenged in race one, with Vito Postiglione re­cov­er­ing from a bad start to take sec­ond. How­ever, Lind hit a back­marker in race two and suf­fered a punc­ture that dropped him to an even­tual eighth place fin­ish. Postiglione was the ben­e­fi­ciary, head­ing home Loris Spinelli and En­rico Ful­genzi’s An­tonelli Mo­tor­sport en­try. Martin Ko­dric fin­ished third in both races.

Stian Paulsen won the most en­ter­tain­ing race of the week­end in the SEAT Leon Eurocup, as Lourenco Beirao da Veiga held off a jostling four-car pack. Niels Langeveld won the first race be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated by con­tact in the sec­ond.

Nor­ris used fresh tyres to take a com­fort­able race win

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