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Spa: Josef Newgarden qualifying report

NEWGARDEN LINES UP 13th FOR SPA RACE ONE Josef Newgarden has qualified in 13th position for the GP3 feature race at Spa-Francorchamps. On a damp but drying circuit, the Carlin driver was once again looking strong during the session, but was ...

NEWGARDEN LINES UP 13th FOR SPA RACE ONE

Josef Newgarden has qualified in 13th position for the GP3 feature race at Spa-Francorchamps. On a damp but drying circuit, the Carlin driver was once again looking strong during the session, but was caught out by yellow flags towards the end of qualifying, and forced just outside the top 10.

Following on from Friday's wet practice session, the GP3 field started the 30-minute qualifying session on wets, and Newgarden was mindful not to get caught out by the slippery conditions. As the track began to dry, it became clear that the quickest times would be set in the closing minutes of the session, as slick tyres became an option at the halfway stage.

Newgarden was running consistently in the top five, and as everyone tried to improve on their times, a number of drivers pushed a little too hard causing numerous yellow flags around the track. Unable to put in a clean flying lap without ignoring the yellows, Newgarden's session was compromised and he was unable to improve in the final minutes of qualifying.

The results see the 19 year-old American start race one from 13th on the grid with the race scheduled to get underway at 17:20 later this afternoon. Newgarden will be looking to advance from the mid-field - to score some valuable championship points as well as a higher grid slot for race two.

-source: josef newgarden

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