Harrison Newey got his 2017 FIA European F3 season off to a points scoring start at Silverstone last weekend. The 18 year-old Briton is embarking on a second season in one of the world’s toughest single-seater competitions with the Van Amersfoort Racing team and he took points in each of the three races run at his home circuit over the course of the three day meeting.
Newey, driving a Dallara-Mercedes, showed notable race craft as he battled his way in to the top ten after frustrating qualifying sessions left him and his VAR teammates starting from lowly grid positions.
In the first race of the new season Harrison sliced his way through the pack from 16th on the grid, pulling off several committed manoeuvres to surge up the field and claim a well-earned sixth position.
The performance was made even more impressive by the fact the race started under Safety Car due to a rain shower hitting the track just before the start. Harrison completed his excellent race by making a final pass for position on his old F4 and MRF rival Mick Schumacher to seal the top six finish.
The final two races of the weekend again saw 16th place starting positions converted in to points placings as the red and black VAR Dallara-Mercedes made progress through the ultra-competitive field.
Race two netted a 10th placed finish despite a tricky start which saw Harrison disadvantaged by starting on the damp side of the grid. He recovered admirably and made several decisive overtakes before catching and passing teammate Joey Mawson in the final stages to claim the final point.
The last race of the weekend on Sunday morning was blighted by high tyre-degradation for Harrison, but he made the most of the difficult circumstances to again make progress and claim ninth place and two more points.
The championship now moves on to the famous Monza circuit close to Milan later this month. The races take place over the weekend of 29-30 April.
“I was really happy with the way I raced at Silverstone this weekend. Race one saw some rain which made it a level playing field and put an emphasis on the driver, so I was really encouraged that I made the most progress through the field.
“Obviously qualifying didn’t go to plan this weekend and we have already talked as to why it didn’t really happen for us there as a team. We have to hope this was just an anomaly and that we come back stronger.
“We now move on to the next race at Monza and we just need ensure the hard work continues and the improvement from the car comes in qualifying, so we can be further towards the front from the very start and help ourselves to be in the best position to race as possible.”