FIA Formula Three European Championship driver, Harrison Newey, equalled his best ever F3 result with a fighting fourth place at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands last weekend.
Driving a Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR) Dallara-Mercedes Benz, Newey converted fifth on the grid to a fourth placed finish in the second of the three Zandvoort races held on Sunday.
After making a perfectly judged manoeuvre on the outside of rival David Beckmann at the legendary first Tarzanbocht corner, Newey settled in to seal a comfortable fourth place.
It was a position he held to the chequered flag in the 22 lap race, and he fended off a mid-race surge from Beckmann to reprise his previous best result of fourth place at Pau in May.
Saturday’s opening encounter amid the Dutch sand dunes saw a 12th position start after traffic issues compromised Newey’s flying lap in the all-important qualifying session.
A messy start from those around him triggered an accident which necessitated a Safety Car for the first five laps of the race. This elevated the VAR driver to 11th position as he explored every inch of the track to look for an overtaking opportunity.
A breakthrough in to the top ten came Newey’s way, but with the notoriously difficult to overtake nature of the Zandvoort circuit frustrating the entire field, the stalemate continued until the chequered flag.
The final race of the weekend was held on Sunday afternoon and resulted in a seventh place finish after another demon start. The British racer picked off adversaries Ralf Aron and David Beckmann at the start after showing a fine balance of aggression and poise. Thereafter, Newey sustained a fine pace until the end of the 24 lap event, harrying teammate Pedro Piquet all the way to the finish line.
Newey’s points haul over the weekend ensured he jumped above both Ralf Aron and Mick Schumacher in to ninth position in the FIA Formula Three European Championship.
The next race on the FIA Formula Three European Championship schedule is at Nurburgring over the weekend of 9-10 September.