Norris scores back-to-back BRDC F4 wins at Brands Hatch

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MSA Formula champion Lando Norris doubled up with a dominant victory in the second race of the BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy finale weekend at Brands Hatch.

Norris, the winner of the opening race on Saturday, beat rivals Ben Barnicoat and Harrison Scott to score back-to-back wins at the Indy circuit.

“It couldn’t be a much better start to the weekend to be honest!” said Norris.

“We made a few changes to the car following race one earlier and that definitely helped.”

Points leader Scott started a wet race from pole by virtue of his fastest lap in the opening race, but it was Norris who made the best start to take the lead, with Barnicoat moving into second.

The 16-year-old quickly pulled car of 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Rookie champion Barnicoat, who engaged in a race-long battle with Trophy rival Scott – down to third after a slow-getaway.

With his closest challengers engaged in an intense battle of their own, Norris cruised home to win the 25-lap race comfortably by 10.530s.

“Towards the end, I had one little moment going into the final corner, I almost did what Harrison did in the first race, but luckily I managed to keep it on the track and bring it home to win the race,” added Norris.

Barnicoat held off the advances of Scott to claim back-to-back second place finishes and cut his rival’s advantage in the Autumn Trophy standings to just 11 points with two races remaining.

“I think I definitely had the pace to get past Ben so it was frustrating,” explained Scott.

“I kept on trying to get past Ben all race, having a few looks down the inside into various corners, especially Druids, but I couldn’t quite get the exit coming out of the corner to complete the move.”

Sisa Ngebulana and Faisal Al Zubair were the last classified runners, in fourth and fifth respectively.

The Autumn Trophy will conclude with two final races on Sunday.

Image: BRDC Formula 4

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