The 18 year–old rising star took a hat-trick of wins from the final four races to hunt down title rival Joey Mawson to become the 2016-17 champion.

Newey, who quickly emerged as one of the benchmark performers in the series, took seven race wins from the 16 races, five pole positions, 13 top four finishes and six fastest laps on the way to his success.

The title fight could not have been more intense or competitive in the MRF Challenge this term. Newey faced stiff opposition from acknowledged young talents like Mick Schumacher, Ralf Aron and the driver he just beat to the title – Joey Mawson.

Heading in to the final four races last weekend Mawson led Newey in the points standings, but three supremely judged race wins clinched the title even though the pair finished level on 277 points.

With his seven race victories as opposed to Mawson’s four, it was Newey who celebrated being crowned champion.

The Chennai weekend started off perfectly with a dominant pole position and then lights-to-flag- victory.

Newey then followed that up with a scintillating second event which saw arguably the overtaking move of the entire weekend as he went around the outside of Juri Vips. This move captured fourth position, but with Mawson winning the race it swung the points momentum temporarily away from Newey.

Race three proved to be a mirror image of the first race as Newey set another clear pole position and then drove a clinical race to win by a dominant 7.9 seconds. With Mawson accruing points for fourth position, the scene was then set for a title showdown with Newey 12-points in arrears knowing that only a victory would give him the chance of championship glory.

It turned in to a dream race but there was drama after the race was neutralised for an early race accident. Newey, who had jumped Schumacher in to second at the start, plotted his attack on leader Mawson and swiftly latched on to his tail.

The pressure told on lap 11 when a slight mistake by Mawson allowed Newey through in to the lead. When Mick Schumacher also went through in to second place, Newey realised he just needed the fastest lap of the race to take the title and he duly delivered to take the title on a race wins tie-breaker.

The result triggered memorable celebrations on the podium with Harrison’s father Adrian in attendance to witness the never-say-die fightback to clinch the series silverware.

Harrison now gets set to concentrate on more testing ahead of announcing his 2017 campaign of racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in the coming weeks.

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"I'm obviously delighted to have won the title. Starting the last two races, I was 27pts behind Joey [Mawson] and really didn't think I could overhaul him for the title but just kept focussing on doing the best I could - I'm over the moon. I arrived in India for the last four races with the mentality of simply doing the best job I could.

“I didn't feel any pressure because I had absolutely nothing to lose - it was a case of getting my head down and focus in each of the races. In general, all four races turned out to be straightforward and drama free. Winning the title is a real confidence boost approaching my second season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

“In the MRF Series I was racing against a number of drivers I'll be racing in the Euro F3 Series like Ralf Aron, Mick Schumacher and Joey and so knowing I've been consistently out-performing them is a massive lift."

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