Carlin’s Lando Norris kicked off the 2016 British Formula 3 season with a dominant victory in a wet opening race at Snetterton on Saturday.
The 16-year-old MSA Formula champion got away cleanly from pole and romped into the distance, crossing the line 19.095s clear of closest rival Aleksanteri Huovinen in second.
“I managed to get a good start which was the main thing and then from there I controlled it pretty well,” said Norris.
“It was drying up towards the end so it wasn’t quite so slippery but overall it was a good race and a good result.”
Huovinen started strongly, jumping from sixth to fourth off the grid and quickly dispatched Tarun Reddy and Toby Sowery to move into second on the road, but the Finn was unable to match the pace of Norris.
“It is always hard racing in the rain as you can’t see anything when you are trying to pass a car in front but I managed to get to second place quite early and manage my tyres until the end,” said the Double R racer.
“I knew it wasn’t a good idea to go trying to chase Lando so I kept calm and took the second place.”
Enad Ahmed lined up just eighth on the grid, but made steady progress through the field, sweeping past a fading Ricky Collard in the closing stages to take the final spot on the podium for Douglas Motorsport.
Collard had started alongside Carlin team-mate Norris on the front row, but after being swamped at the start and losing out to Ahmed, had to settle for fourth spot, ahead of Sowery.
However, a post-race three-second time penalty for an unfair on the Lannan racer reversed those positions.
Formula Jedi graduate Ben Hingeley charged from 14th on the grid to claim sixth, ahead of Jan Jonck, Enzo Bortoleto and Sisa Ngebulana.
Double R’s Matheus Leist competed the top 10.