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McLaren Sign Bristol Protege Lando Norris To Junior Programme

Lando Norris ages just 17 has recently signed with McLaren Junior Driver Programme.

The 17-year-old from Bristol has been making his mark in the motorsport scene since age 7 Lando started his early years in racing competing at Kart level where he would take numerous Karting titles before his teenage years. Due to his astounding success, Lando has received comments from ex F1 drivers and current F1 pundits that Lando could be a future star of formula One.

Lando marked his first competitive season in motorsport as HHS Motorsports driver in the Ginetta Junior Championship. In his first Season, Lando placed 3rd overall with 11 podiums and 4 race victories. Championships followed into 2015 as Norris took the inaugural MSA Formula Championship, his first season in open wheel formula. In 2016 3 more championships followed as Lando Norris was crowned champion of the Toyota Racing Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. in 2016 Lando Norris claimed an eye-watering 21 race victories and 42 podiums.

In 2016 we saw Lando Norris show off some of his driving after intense battles with Belgium Talent Max Defourny all year round, but saw the Brit take most of the success finishing ahead of Max in both categories they raced in. At the end of 2016, Lando Norris was not surprisingly nominated for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and you guessed correctly he won. Lando was given the opportunity of a lifetime as he was given the opportunity to test the 2013 McLaren F1 car driven by Sergio Perez and Jenson Button & a cash prize of £100,000 to help Lando with his next venture in motorsport sport. It came as no shock that soon after his McLaren test he was quickly snapped up by the Woking based team to be their new driver into the Young Driver Programme.

In 2017 Lando Norris will be competing in the European Formula 3 alongside some of the fiercest upcoming motorsport talents of this generation’s, including drivers as Mick Schumacher, Guanyu Zhou, and Callum Ilott, a former Red Bull Young Driver. 2017 will be an important year for the 17-year-old Lando Norris but at the same time will be a huge relief if he gets it right. Who knows what 2017 will hold for Lando but I for one will be tuning in to see his progress to the top of Motorsport.

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