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Silverstone: Josef Newgarden race 1 report

NEWGARDEN GIVES A SOLID PERFORMANCE AT SILVERSTONE Josef Newgarden endured a hard-fought first race from the Silverstone weekend, to bring his Carlin GP3 car across the line in 16th position. The 19 year-old American started Saturday ...

NEWGARDEN GIVES A SOLID PERFORMANCE AT SILVERSTONE

Josef Newgarden endured a hard-fought first race from the Silverstone weekend, to bring his Carlin GP3 car across the line in 16th position.

The 19 year-old American started Saturday afternoon's race in 20th position, after struggling for pace in what proved to be another busy qualifying session. Unusually, Newgarden didn't make the best of starts and battled for track position heading into the turn one, however he was able to maintain his place in the field and completed lap one in 19th.

Newgarden was working hard to try and make his way up through the order, but an aggressive mid- race move by Miki Monras (MW Arden) pushed the Carlin driver wide and cost him a couple of places. Newgarden managed to claim the positions back by the end of the 14-lap race, but finishing in 16th was a tough result given his respectable performance.

Speaking about the weekend, Newgarden said: "I had to defend quite heavily on the last lap, so I'm pleased we were able to hold onto the position. However we haven't been able to get it quite right so far at this event, and I'm just not as comfortable in the car as I know I can be. We've got the opportunity to go over the data from race one, and see if we can make some improvements. I've got a great team and we'll work out where we're losing the time. Silverstone's a fun circuit to drive and hopefully we'll feel more comfortable out there tomorrow."

Newgarden will start from 16th on the grid for race two, which gets underway at 8:30am local time on Sunday, prior to the British Grand Prix.

-source: Josef Newgarden

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Series GP3
Drivers Miki Monras , Josef Newgarden
Teams Carlin