Harrison Newey was crowned the
MRF Challenge 2016 Champion after beating Mick Schumacher and Joey Mawson in
the final race of the season. Newey and Mawson tied on 277 points after the
finish but the British driver took the title due to having had more wins than
his rival. Earlier in the day Harrison Newey took his 5th win of the season
ahead of Juri Vips and Ralf Aron as Mick Schumacher spun out of the race.
Sandeep Kumar beat Raghul Rangasamy and Karthik Tharani to win Race 2 of the
MRF 1600 series.
Starting on pole for the
second time in the weekend starting February 17, 2017, Newey got the perfect
start as Schumacher got bogged down and dropped down to 4th position. Newey
pulled away at the front with Vips, then got passed Aron and slotted into 2nd
place. Mawson again started from a lowly 7th place but moved up to 6th and set
his sights on Daniel Ticktum ahead. Schumacher tried to get past Aron on lap 2
but could not make the move stick. On lap 6 Schumacher spun out of the race at
the back section while chasing Aron and Vips. In the meanwhile Mawson passed
Ticktum to move into 4th place. Newey comfortably crossed the finish line in
1st place ahead of Vips and Aron. Mawson finished in 4th place ahead of Ticktum
and Felipe Drugovich.
In Race 2, Mawson had the
perfect start and went into C1 first ahead of Newey and Schumacher. There was
action in C1 as Aron and Neil Verhagen crashed, bringing out the safety car.
When racing resumed on Lap 5, Mawson held on to the lead with Newey all over
his gearbox. Schumacher in 3rd stayed with the two leaders, as has been the
case for most of the season with these three driver fighting each other all
year long. Mawson looked on course to take the title but a costly mistake on
lap 11 into the last corner allowed both Newey and Schumacher to get past.
Still Mawson had a 2 point lead. With 2 points being awarded for fastest lap of
the race, the top 3 drivers gave it all they got. Newey set the fastest lap on
lap 13 only for Schumacher to do it on lap 14. On the final lap of the race
Newey went three tenths off to set the fastest lap and win the title.
Harrison Newey was ecstatic
after winning the title on the last lap in front of his teary eyed father,
Adrian Newey. He commented, “It is just an unbelievable feeling to win the
title like this. I knew I had to set the fastest lap if he was in 3rd and to do
it this way is just amazing. This has been a great season with strong
competitors in Schumacher and Mawson.”
In Race 2 of the MRF 1600 championship,
Sandeep Kumar started on reverse grid pole position ahead of Raghul Rangasamy.
Sandeep got the lead off the line with Raghul, Anindith Reddy and Karthik
Tharani right behind. Tharani started putting pressure on Reddy and got past
him on lap 4. Raghul continued to trouble Sandeep but could not find a way past
as Sandeep comfortably crossing the finish line to win his first race of the
season. Raghul got his second podium of the weekend ahead of Tharani and Reddy.
Chetan Korada and Ishaan Dodhiwala.
MRF Challenge 2016, Round 4, Chennai, Race 3:
Pos Driver Name Total
1 Harrison Newey 23:19.855
2 Juri Vips 23:27.768
3 Ralf Aron 23:28.971
4 Joey Mawson 23:35.640
5 Felipe Drugovich 23:44.053
6 Dylan Young 23:46.430
7 Neil Verhagen 23:46.696
8 Yoshiaki Katayama 23:55.446
9 Manuel Maldonado 24:00.944
10 Dan Ticktum 24:01.927
MRF Challenge 2016, Round 4, Chennai, Race 4:
1 Harrison Newey 27:33.142
2 Mick Schumacher 27:36.826
3 Joey Mawson 27:38.466
4 Juri Vips 27:38.409
5 Felipe Drugovich 27:42.965
6 Daniel Ticktum 27:46.228
7 Dylan Young 27:52.373
8 Presley Martono 27:56.919
9 Yoshiaki Katayama 27:57.928
10 Manuel Maldonado 28:09.706
MRF 1600, Round 2, Chennai, Race 2:
Pos Driver Name Total Time
1 Sandeep Kumar 13:35.993
2 Raghul Rangasamy 13:36.536
3 Karthik Tharani 13:40.090
4 Anindith Reddy 13:45.010
5 Chetan Korada 13:48.264
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