Nor­ris ex­tends Euro lead with vic­tory

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Lando Nor­ris in­creased his lead at the head of the For­mula Re­nault Eurocup stand­ings with vic­tory at the Red Bull Ring.

The 16-year-old started the open­ing race from the front, hav­ing beaten team­mate Je­han Daru­vala to pole by more than a quar­ter of a sec­ond.

But the Bri­ton found that per­for­mance hard to repli­cate in race con­di­tions and faced a stern chal­lenge from near­est ri­val Max De­fourny, and now leads the cham­pi­onship by 26.5 points.

“We looked com­fort­able in prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing but the pace wasn’t quite there in the races which made things dif­fi­cult,” said Nor­ris. “I had to fight re­ally hard to win the first race –it was a great bat­tle.

“In the cir­cum­stances, I’m pretty sat­is­fied with how I raced and ob­vi­ously pleased to stay at the top of the stand­ings.

“Points-wise it was a re­ally good week­end. I’ve ex­tended my lead at the top of the cham­pi­onship and have a pretty good gap to the sec­ond place man.”

Nor­ris fin­ished third in the week­end’s sec­ond race, which was won by com­pa­triot Har­ri­son Scott.

Scott was de­nied a podium by just 0.2s in the first en­counter, but held on to win ahead of De­fourny and move up to third in the se­ries stand­ings.

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