Chennai MRF Challenge: Newey takes crucial pole ahead of Schumacher

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Chennai MRF Challenge: Newey takes crucial pole ahead of Schumacher
Darshan Chokhani
By: Darshan Chokhani
Feb 18, 2017, 5:21 AM

Harrison Newey claimed an essential pole in the final MRF Challenge qualifying at the Madras Motor Race Track on Saturday.

Mick Schumacher
Harrison Newey
Mick Schumacher on the starting grid
Harrison Newey
Race winner Mick Schumacher
Ralf Aron
Jüri Vips

The British driver is now in a race win distance to championship leader Joey Mawson, after clinching pole in the final qualifying session of the championship.

The European F3 driver clocked in a time of 1m30.253s and was 0.156s clear of title contender Mick Schumacher, while Mawson was only seventh in a scratchy outing for the 2016 German F4 champion.

The Australian had several moments during the 30-minutes session, also surviving an off at Turn 12, where he was an inch away from hitting the tyre barrier.

Meanwhile, Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum on his MRF Challenge debut claimed a solid third, despite going off the track onto the grass at the start of the session.

Behind, Juri Vips led his countryman Ralf Aron in fourth and fifth respectively, with Felipe Drugovich ending up sixth, ahead of the aforementioned Mawson.

The Formula 4 SEA champion Presley Martono and Red Bull junior Neil Verhagen were eighth and ninth on their debut, with Dylan Young rounding off the Top 10.

Qualifying results:

Pos.DriverTime
1  Harrison Newey 1m30.253s
2  Mick Schumacher 1m30.409s
3  Dan Ticktum 1m30.759s
4  Juri Vips 1m30.790s
5  Ralf Aron 1m31.043s
6  Felipe Drugovich 1m31.204s
7  Joey Mawson 1m31.277s
8  Presley Martono 1m31.442s
9  Neil Verhagen 1m31.828s
10  Dylan Young 1m32.101s
11  Pavan Ravishankar 1m32.161s
12  Yoshiaki Katayama 1m32.628s
13  Manuel Maldonado 1m32.202s
14  Chia Wing Hoong 1m34.729s
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