FIRST GP3 RACE ENDS ALL TOO SOON FOR NEWGARDEN Josef Newgarden was unfortunate not to finish the first ever GP3 race, at Barcelona this weekend, after an incident on lap three saw the young American punted off the circuit and out of ...
FIRST GP3 RACE ENDS ALL TOO SOON FOR NEWGARDEN
Josef Newgarden was unfortunate not to finish the first ever GP3 race, at Barcelona this weekend, after an incident on lap three saw the young American punted off the circuit and out of contention. It was a disappointing result for the Carlin driver, after a positive qualifying had ensured a top 15 grid slot from which he was hoping to climb.
Newgarden had executed a superb start off the line, and was running as high as seventh on lap one, before dropping back to ninth position as he began lap two. Managing to stay out of any opening lap dramas, Newgarden looked to be settling into a good pace, when he was hit from behind going into the hairpin. Unable to recover from the incident, the 19 year-old's race ended on lap three.
A pragmatic Newgarden said: "We made a great start and although we struggled a little with understeer, the car felt good. I was disappointed not to finish, but these things happen and there are always going to be weekends like this It's part of the experience - but I can already tell what a great championship this is to be involved in, and I'm looking forward to the next race."
Carlin's Racing Director, Trevor Carlin added, "It's a shame that Josef lost out but he's shown great speed and potential so far this weekend so I'm very confident we are going to see good things from him this season."
Race Two is scheduled for Sunday morning at 09.25 local time, 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 his second race from 24th on the grid.
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