Nor­ris tipped to land Euro­pean For­mula 3 seat

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Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award win­ner Lando Nor­ris will move into the Euro­pean For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship next sea­son, with Car­lin his most likely des­ti­na­tion, MN un­der­stands.

As MN closed for press, sources sug­gested that Nor­ris was due to con­clude his deal with the Farn­bor­ough team this week.

Nor­ris en­joyed a stel­lar 2016 sea­son, lift­ing ti­tles in the Toy­ota Rac­ing Se­ries, For­mula Re­nault NEC and Eurocup, as well as win­ning races in BRDC Bri­tish F3.

He capped his year by win­ning the MABA award, which hands him a For­mula 1 test and a sim­u­la­tor driver role with Mclaren.

The 17-year-old has form in Euro­pean F3, with his grad­u­a­tion fol­low­ing an en­try into the Hock­en­heim finale this year and an ap­pear­ance at the Ma­cau GP, both with Car­lin.

Car­lin is tar­get­ing a four-car line-up in the se­ries next sea­son.

cus­tomers – maybe they can co­op­er­ate with each other.

“We have two se­ri­ous groups work­ing on it and why not? If they have the cre­den­tials we are happy to give the rights to it.”

BTCC se­ries di­rec­tor and chair­man of the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion Alan Gow said any po­ten­tial se­ries would likely get a per­mit should it ap­ply for one, but played down talk of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween TCR and the BTCC.

“It’s just a se­ries like any other, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t get a per­mit if they ful­fil all the nor­mal cri­te­ria,” he said. “Any­one can start a se­ries in the UK.

“Of course it’s not a threat to the BTCC. It’s in a to­tally dif­fer­ent (lower) league. It’s a much more stan­dard-pro­duc­tion based for­mula, to a much lower level and pro­file than the BTCC. In fact it’s much like that SEAT Cupra Cup we once had here and on which the TCR cars were ac­tu­ally orig­i­nally based.

“Our sup­port races are fully con­tracted for many years.they will have to look at some­where like the Bri­tish GT or such­like to find a slot on a sup­port race bill.

“I can’t re­mem­ber the amount of sa­loon car-based se­ries that have started over the last 20 years and which are no longer around... but of course I wish them luck.”

Bri­ton won three ti­tles dur­ing 2016

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