Harrison Newey began his 2016/17 MRF Challenge campaign in the best possible fashion at the Bahrain International Circuit last week by taking a dominant victory in the opening race of the single-seater winter series.
The 18 year-old, who is making his second appearance in the series, which races in the Middle East and in Asia, claimed pole position, fastest lap and a win in the first of the four 10-lap encounters last Friday morning.
It was an impressive race from Newey, as he made a fine start before pulling well clear of the chasing pack to set a series of fastest laps. He eventually took the chequered flag by 4.7 seconds.
In the second MRF Challenge race of the weekend at the home of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Newey started form sixth on the reverse grid. He was soon ahead of several cars and up in to third position but a small gear shifting issue halted his progress and he was eventually forced to settle for a fourth placed finish.
On Saturday morning Newey started the third race from another pole position but suffered a troubled start after a clutch issue immediately ended his race.
Fortunately there was little time to dwell on the disappointment of race three and Newey enjoyed an action-packed final event. Starting 14th after his retirement in race three, he scythed through the field to make seven places on the opening lap alone.
Showing clinical race craft and executing some opportunist overtaking manoeuvres, Newey vaulted up another three positions to claim a final placing of fourth. It was one of the drives of the weekend showcasing Newey’s racers instinct in addition to his clinical winning performance in race one.
Harrison Newey is competing in the four event series as well as continuing his Formula Three testing during the winter months. Recent tests at Hungaroring, Spa and Silverstone have been conducted to continue his learning in one of the world’s toughest junior formulas.
The next round of the MRF Challenge will take place at the Dubai Autodrome over the weekend of 9/10 December.