Harrison Newey added more points to his debut season of FIA F3 European Championship competition at Imola last weekend with a pair of strong performances in the ultra-competitive single-seater category.
The 18-year old, racing for the Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR) team, took his No.20 Dallara-Mercedes to 8th and 9th place finishes on the challenging former home of the San Marino Grand Prix close to Bologna.
Qualifying in 12th position for race one held last Saturday morning, Newey was then forced to start a further five places back after a carry-over penalty from the previous round at Nurburgring last month. His consistent pace was impressive throughout the race and he set the fifth fastest lap during a polished performance. It was further rewarded after the race when he gained two further positions due to other drivers penalties and he was classified ninth overall.
Qualifying for race two took place after the first event due to a change in the timetable and Newey set a best time which again saw him as the fifth fastest driver, his best qualifying result of the campaign so far.
Starting the race in an accomplished fashion, Newey was holding fifth place and looking comfortable with the leading pack of drivers. However, several safety car periods broke up the rhythm of the 33-minute + 1 lap encounter and he lost out at the final re-start after losing momentum on the long start/finish straight. Contact from rival Nick Cassidy lost him further time and he took the chequered flag in a slightly frustrated eighth place, but it did still confirm more championship points for the Englishman and additional experience in handling the tense re-start procedure after a safety car period.
Beginning the final race of the weekend in 10th place on the grid, Newey bogged down at the start but then went after the pack and was within striking distance of making progress when his charge was halted after contact with one of the infamous Imola kerbs. This broke a rear pushrod on his VAR Dallara-Mercedes and eliminated him from the race.
It was a frustrating end for Newey who had shown front running pace earlier in the weekend but he sought solace in his pace throughout the weekend and more precious points on a track he had no prior experience of.
Harrison Newey will now look to continue his increasingly promising rookie season in the FIA F3 European Championship in the final three races of the season at event at Hockenheim, Germany on 15-16 October.