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Lando lands another one as Rawson breaks his FKS duck
28th May 2012
• Lando Norris and Philip Rawson share FKS Mini Max wins at Ellough Park.
• Victorious duo open early season points advantage.
Against a backdrop of skydivers literally dropping onto the circuit, one of the numerous special touches put
on by host circuit Ellough Park, the third and fourth rounds of the 2012 Formula Kart Stars Mini Max
Championship saw more close and exciting racing on what is probably the most technical circuit the drivers
in the Formula One Management backed Championship will visit all year.
Looking to emulate former Formula Kart Stars champions ands current Formula One superstars Lewis
Hamilton and Paul Di Resta, 15 Mini Max drivers not only had to cope with the twists and turns of the Suffolk
venue but also some extremely abrasive track conditions that put a premium on tyre management as well as
Formula Kart Stars Rotax Mini Max Championship
Not even the improved and highly popular TAG Heuer timing system could separate Lando Norris (RL
Racing Department) and Philip Rawson (AIM Motorsport) in Saturday’s qualifying session with Rawson
getting the nod for pole position by virtue of having a quicker second-best lap.
Rawson would go on to win both heat races although his path to victory was far from straightforward with
Norris and Connor Mills (Chris Rogers Motorsport) chasing Rawson over the line in heat one. Rawson’s
winning margin over Mills in heat two was just half a second but Mills was subsequently excluded on a
technicality, handing second spot to Ryan Anderton (Coles Racing). Mills was now faced with the reality of
having to count his zero points score towards his championship total and would also have to start the final
from last on the grid.
Rawson and Norris escaped at the start of the final and pulled out a healthy lead before Norris grabbed first
place with a couple of laps to go. As Norris defended, Anderton and a recovering Mills closed in but Norris
wasn’t to be denied and took the chequered flag three tenths of a second ahead.
On Sunday morning Norris picked up where he left off on Saturday evening and took pole position from Jack
McCarthy (Project One) although in the heat races Rawson and Mills would again emerge as his closest
Norris won the opening heat by four tenths over Rawson with Mills in close company and Mills ran Norris
even closer in heat two as he concentrated on moving back up the championship table. Norris prevailed
eventually but only by one tenth of a second with McCarthy and Rawson next in line, several seconds in
From pole position Norris took an early lead in the final but Rawson was soon sitting in his slipstream with
Mills a close third. After passing Rawson late in Saturday’s final to take the win Norris had to sample a taste
of his own medicine this time as Rawson dived through in the closing stages to score his first FKS victory.
Mills had to make do with third place again with Anderton setting the fastest lap of the race en route to
In the overall points standings Norris extends his lead to eleven points over Rawson with Anderton an
increasingly distant third and Mills now only tenth, 71 points behind Norris having moved up six places
thanks to his Sunday performances.
FKS Rotax Mini Max Championship Round 3
1. Lando Norris
2. Philip Rawson
3. Ryan Anderton
4. Connor Mills
5. Gaby Weyer
FKS Rotax Mini Max Championship Round 4
1. Philip Rawson
2. Lando Norris
3. Connor Mills
4. Ryan Anderton
5. Ryan Young
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