Last-lap drama hands ti­tle to young Bri­tish ace

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Har­ri­son Newey claimed the MRF Chal­lenge ti­tle in dra­matic style in Chen­nai last week­end af­ter ty­ing on points with Joey Maw­son.

The 18-year-old son of F1 de­signer Adrian sealed his first car rac­ing crown thanks to his seven vic­to­ries in the In­dia-based se­ries, com­pared to Maw­son’s three.

Aus­tralian racer Maw­son had the cham­pi­onship in his grasp un­til lap 11 of 15 of the fi­nale at the Madras Mo­tor Race Track, when the Ger­man For­mula 4 cham­pion made a slight mis­take which was enough for Newey to make the lunge and sneak through to take the lead.

Mick Schumacher was able to get ahead too and Newey’s ti­tle win was sealed when the Bri­tish driver clocked the fastest lap of the race on the fi­nal tour as he tied on points with Maw­son – both end­ing up on 277.

“It is just an un­be­liev­able feel­ing to win the ti­tle like this,” said Newey. “Start­ing the last two races, I was 27 points be­hind Joey and re­ally didn’t think I could over­haul him for the ti­tle but just kept fo­cus­ing 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 MRF I was rac­ing against a num­ber of driv­ers I’ll be rac­ing in Euro F3 like Ralf Aron, Mick Schumacher and Joey and so know­ing I’ve been con­sis­tently out­per­form­ing them is a mas­sive lift.”

Newey be­comes the third Bri­tish cham­pion in MRF af­ter Ru­pert Svend­sen-cook and Toby Sow­ery in 2013/14 and 2014/15, re­spec­tively.

Sow­ery took part in se­lected rounds of the se­ries this year as a guest driver, while Dan Tick­tum made his MRF debut last week­end and took a podium in his sec­ond race.

Photos: LAT

Newey took the ti­tle on the last lap

Newey is third Bri­tish champ

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