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Lando Norris extends TRS lead with feature win

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Sunday 24th January, 2016 - 3:45pm

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Lando Norris on his way to winning the Spirit of a Nation Trophy at round two of the Toyota Racing Series

Lando Norris on his way to winning the Spirit of a Nation Trophy at round two of the Toyota Racing Series

British teenager Lando Norris won the Spirit of a Nation Trophy to take command of the Toyota Racing Series after round two at Teretonga Park.

The 16-year-old, who is the youngest ever winner of a World Karting Championship, started on pole to record a lights-to-flag triumph after the race was interrupted on lap 14 by the sole Safety Car period.

The 2015 race winner, Brendon Leitch finished second at his home race Artem Markelov third.

New Zealand’s other representatives in the TRS field, Canterbury driver James Munro and Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton were ninth and 11th respectively.

After performing stoutly across the three-race weekend, Norris (M2 Competition) sits at the top of the standings on 380, 34 clear of Markelov.

Earlier Pedro Piquet won the second race to record his first international win.

Starting from pole position Piquet hung on to his lead for each of the fifteen laps.

Norris gained ground on Piquet in the second half of the race but the Brazilian kept a cool head and defended his car-length lead to hang on to the win.

Russian Markelov claimed third ahead of local driver Brendon Leitch who did well to climb to third from fifth early in the race.

In the opening heat Jehan Daruvala timed his run perfectly to take the lead after third restart to beat poleman Norris.

Antoni Ptak was third ahead of Piquet in a race which saw four cars fail to reach the chequered flag.

The race was delayed for nearly two hours after a truck destroyed a section of the pitlane safety barrier.

Toyota Racing Series Points – after six of 15 races:
1, Norris, 380 points; 2, Markelov, 346; 3, Habsburg, 303; 4, Leitch, 300; 5, Zhou, 289; 6, Daruvala, 282; 7, Piquet, 271; 8, Ptak, 185; 9, Cockerton, 184; 10, DeFrancesco, 175.

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