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 SF podium in the last race.
The former Asian Le Mans Series champion returns to Suzuka, venue of his Super Formula race debut in April, determined to carry over the strong form he showed behind the wheel of his B-MAX Racing with Motopark entered Honda in last month’s Okayama race which saw Harrison register a strong third place.
Going back to a track for the first time that I’ve already raced a SF car at, is a real boost. Hopefully I can close out my maiden Super Formula season with another solid result for a team that was also new to the series.
Obviously I was very happy to have got on to the podium with a solid third place in the last race. It’s taken a while as we’ve suffered some reliability issues in races where we should have at least scored top-sixes. I had mega pace in the race at Okayama allowing me to work my way up through the field.
Some cars started on ‘mediums’, me included, and others went for a ‘soft/medium’ strategy. I changed to ‘softs’ when the pit window opened from lap 10 and everything worked out. It’s a relief to finally get onto the podium.