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Istanbul: Josef Newgarden race 1 report

NEWGARDEN CLIMBS THROUGH THE FIELD Josef Newgarden finished race one from Istanbul in a solid 10th place, after a superb start and plenty of overtaking saw the American racer move through the field, gaining an impressive...

NEWGARDEN CLIMBS THROUGH THE FIELD

Josef Newgarden finished race one from Istanbul in a solid 10th place, after a superb start and plenty of overtaking saw the American racer move through the field, gaining an impressive 11 positions.

Traffic and a number of yellow flags caused chaos for Newgarden in qualifying, leaving him to start from 21st on the grid. Getting a fantastic start off the line, Newgarden gained six positions before reaching the first corner, and despite some speed performance issues, he was determined to climb further. Newgarden continued to display his race craft on a circuit he had never raced at before, and finally brought the car across the line to round out the top 10.

Speaking about the weekend so far, Newgarden said: "We've been struggling with power and seem to be down on speed. The car feels really good but the time is just not there the car stops pulling half way down the straight and we need to figure out what's causing the issue. I only managed one or two clear laps in qualifying, so we really lost out in that session which obviously made the race difficult - starting from so far back. Hopefully being a little further forward on the grid for tomorrow's race will give us a better chance of scoring some points especially if we can solve the performance issue."

Race two is scheduled for Sunday morning prior to the Grand Prix, and as per GP3 Series regulations, will feature a reverse grid. The first eight finishers in race one will start race two in reverse order, and cars finishing in ninth position and downwards will start in their finishing position seeing Newgarden start the second race from 10th on the grid.

-source: josef newgarden

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Series GP3
Drivers Josef Newgarden