Having scored my first Super Formula podium finish at the previous round in Okayama, I headed to Suzuka for the final race of my rookie season full of optimism. It was actually a case of going back to a track for that I’d already raced at with a Super Formula car the first time, and that was a real boost. But free practice didn’t quite go to plan, which started with a very wet Friday.

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Harrison buoyed after recording first Super Formula podium in last race. Harrison Newey heads to Suzuka for the final round of the Super Formula series later this month (27 Oct) aiming to finish the year on a high. The 21-year-old, competing in the Japanese-based single-seater championship for the first time, recorded his maiden Super Formula podium in the last race.

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Hi guys – Harrison here back with my latest column for Crash.net looking at my year racing in Japan. With four races down in my maiden year in Super Formula, the season so far can be summed up with one word: “frustrating”. That said, the team and I are making progress. A top-six result definitely looked possible at Sugo until my car unfortunately caught fire

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Tairoku Racing were the class of the field in Friday qualifying for the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours, as Tairoku Yamaguchi and Harrison Newey swept both rounds of qualifying to put themselves and co-drivers Satoshi Motoyama, Nicolas Costa, and Shinichi Takagi on pole position in their #300 Team Tairoku Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

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I raced an LMP2 prototype sports car in the European Le Mans Series last year and won the 2017-18 Asian Le Mans Series, but having competed in European Formula 3 in 2016 and ’17, and Formula 4 and the MRF Challenge before that, I can’t get the adrenaline rush out of my system that single-seaters uniquely offer. So I’m racing in Super Formula this year

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