Harrison Newey claimed a further points scoring position in his most recent event at the Red Bull Ring last weekend. The British driver, driving for the Van Amersfoort Racing squad, took a fine eighth placed finish in the first race at the Austrian Grand Prix venue.
Qualifying 11th on his first competitive visit to the circuit which is set in the Styrian mountains, Harrison then raced well, showing mature race craft to climb up the order and claim three points for 8th position in what was his best F3 placing to date. The result also brought a podium appearance with second position in the hotly contested rookie standings.
Two races were held last Sunday with Harrison starting 11th and 12th on the grid respectively. Again, the No.20 Van Amersfoort Dallara-Mercedes was quick with Harrison showing a fine turn of speed.
However, the likely prospect of additional points scoring was thwarted with drive-through penalties and he was forced to settle for 16th and 14th positions respectively.
Street track debut in Pau
The week before Red Bull Ring, Harrison was also in action at his first ever visit to a street race at Pau, in south-west France. The notoriously challenging and narrow street circuit provided an even more difficult learning curve as wet weather set-in for most of the weekend.
Getting to grips with the Pau street track was compromised by the wet conditions and Harrison lined-up 19th, 17th and 17th for the three races.
Race one saw Harrison tackle the treacherously slippery French streets by initially following his teammate Pedro Piquet in the early running. Once Piquet had crashed out of the race and caused a Safety Car period, it left Newey with a chance to attack Joel Eriksson for 14th position but the Swede was able to resist and finish just a few second ahead.
Like many of the drivers race two saw Harrison fall victim to the track conditions ending his race at the Pont Oscar corner. For the final event, which carries the historic Grand Prix de Pau title, the No.20 VAR Dallara-Mercedes completed the gruelling 2.769 kms track in 14th position to cap off another valuable learning experience on his first appearance at a street circuit.
Harrison will see further action on street circuits later this year at the Norisring in June and at the fabled Macau circuit in November.
“More points and some very good pace in the races were the main positives I took away from the Red Bull Ring last weekend. Both I and the team were pleased with the fact I set the 4th and 5th fastest race laps in two of the races.
“The penalties were of course a real obstruction in getting a result in the second and third races. It was a huge shame because the pace we had was really strong. We should have come away with more but it is another lesson to take on board as I continue to learn F3.
“Most importantly of all though I wish Peter Li all the best in recovering from his injuries in that horrific accident during race one. I am really happy that my team mate Pedro (Piquet) and also Ryan (Tveter) emerged from it ok.
“The Pau weekend earlier this month was really tough. The weather was terrible on the first two days and it was a really hard weekend to get any momentum going in terms of learning a very quirky track in such bad conditions.
“Now we move on to Norisring next month and I am really looking forward to racing on this traditional and legendary F3 circuit. Before that, I will be over at the Van Amersfoort headquarters in Holland to do some simulator work and chat to the team. We need to build on the good work done so far and ensure we can exploit the pace next time and come home with more points.”