British drivers back on top of Formula Renault 2.0 podium at Red Bull Ring

Britons Lando Norris and Harrison Scott won the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup’s latest two rounds at the Red Bull Ring Formula 1 circuit in Austria.
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Norris, driving for Josef Kauffman Racing, had to re-pass Belgian Max Defourny (R-ace GP) to win a closely fought race one. Scott finished the race in fourth.

In race two, though, Scott (AFV by Adrian Valles) led all the way from the start – initially soaking up pressure from Norris as they ran 1-2 before later coming under attack from the determined Defourny.

Norris, who finished that race in third, continues to lead the standings and now has four wins out of the nine races held to date in 2016. Scott is third with two wins to his name.

Between them is Defourny with all three covered by just 38 points – with 25 for a win and there is still a potential of 150 to be had from the remaining six rounds at Paul Ricard in France, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Estoril in Portugal.

Scott, aged 20 from Essex, commented: “It felt really good setting pole this morning. In the race the car was just fantastic. I knew that even if I made a good start, there would be a risk of slipstreaming between corners two and three.

“Lando had a go, but luckily I managed to stay in front. After that I tried to open up a gap, which I did until Max overtook Lando and caught me. Then I had to put in consistent laps and not make any mistakes to be sure of the win.”

Reflecting after race two, 16-year-old Norris from Bristol said: “My pace wasn’t great in the opening laps compared to yesterday and in qualifying. I could have done better this morning so I think I did a good job overall.

“We had issues in the race as we didn’t really have the right race set-up. I didn’t want to get involved in a battle so I concentrated on the points and fighting off Max and Dorian. It’s a good result given our pace.”