20/04/2016

Britons Norris & Williams lead the way in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup & Renault Sport Trophy

British driver Lando Norris leads the way in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup standings following the championship’s opening three rounds at Spain’s Motorland circuit in which he achieved a second-place result followed by two superb victories.
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Bristolian Norris, aged just 16, was runner-up to Belgian Max Defourny in the first race. But he then got his revenge in the second, holding his nerve in damp conditions to cross the line a comfortable winner.

In race three he was never headed after starting from pole position in his Josef Kauffman Racing team car. The results mean he is top of the championship heading to the next round – a one-off race – on the world-famous Monte Carlo street circuit during the glitz and glamour of May’s Monaco F1 Grand Prix weekend.

“It was a great weekend and really good start to the season,” said Norris.

“I got off to a solid start in the first race, but was really pleased to go on and get the two wins.

He added: “It puts me in a great place going to Monaco and sets the season up nicely.”

Fellow Brit Harrison Scott also starred at Motorland with a fourth place and then two thirds in his AVF by Adrian Valles car. The Essex racer goes to Monaco in a strong third in the points table.

Will Palmer – younger brother of Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Jolyon Palmer – also showed promise with a sixth place finish in one of the races for the R-ACE GP team.

The Motorland event also marked the start of the Renault Sport Trophy season for Renault Sport’s spectacular 550hp R.S. 01 silhouette machines.

Britons Lewis Williamson, Tim Sugden and Ash Hand featured and all have previous strong ties to Renault Sport…

Williamson was last year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Champion and he has come away from Motorland leading the Renault Sport Trophy’s premier ‘PRO’ category standings thanks to a second place in its sprint race and then a third with Strakka Racing team-mate Sugden in the two-driver endurance encounter.

Sugden meanwhile was a class act in the Formula Renault 2.0 category in Britain in the early Nineties and early 2000s both as a driver and a team boss and has also enjoyed great success in touring cars and GT competition.

He took sixth in Silverstone-based Strakka team’s car in the ‘AM’ sprint race following a first-lap tangle with Hand. Runner-up in last year’s Renault UK Clio Cup, Hand finished ninth in the AM sprint having only announced his deal to race in the Renault Sport Trophy with Spanish team Oregon several days prior to the event. He also finished sixth in the Endurance race with team-mate David Fuminelli.

The Renault Sport Trophy next races at the iconic Imola track in Italy on 14/15 May.