Chennai MRF Challenge: Newey takes lights-to-flag win in Race 1

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Chennai MRF Challenge: Newey takes lights-to-flag win in Race 1
Darshan Chokhani
By: Darshan Chokhani
Feb 18, 2017, 8:27 AM

Harrison Newey took victory in the first race of the MRF Challenge season finale at Madras Motor Race Track, closing the gap to leader Joey Mawson in the standings.

Mick Schumacher
Joey Mawson
Mick Schumacher
Presley Martono
Felipe Drugovich
Harrison Newey

Newey made a clean start from pole, while front-row starter Mick Schumacher lost out to Ralf Aron, who slotted into second going into Turn 1.

Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum was also slow off the line, which allowed both Aron and Juri Vips to go through, as the British driver dropped to fifth in the order.

While Newey held on to the lead in the front, Aron came under immense pressure from Schumacher, the German eventually passing the Estonian on Lap 7 to retake second.

In the end, Newey eased off to claim his fifth win of the season, taking him to a total of 213 points. The European F3 driver now sits only 12 points behind Mawson. Schumacher is a further 22 away. 

Mawson had a fighting race finishing fifth, having started from seventh on the gird. He first cleared Felipe Drugovich and then set his sights on Ticktum.

The duo were involved in a feisty battle mid-race, with Mawson eventually coming out on top on Lap 10, scoring crucial points to keep the lead in the standings.

Behind the top six, Brazilian Drugovich was seventh after surviving contact with Dylan Young, which dropped the Australian down to 12th in the order.

Formula 4 SEA champion Presley Martono was an impressive eighth, ahead of Manuel Maldonado and Red Bull junior Neil Verhagen.

The American lost a place after spinning on his own to evade the incident between Drugovich and Young.

Race 1 results:

Pos.DriverGap
1  Harrison Newey  
2  Mick Schumacher 4.243s
3  Ralf Aron 9.152s
4  Juri Vips 11.439s
5  Joey Mawson 13.057s
6  Dan Ticktum 19.602s
7  Felipe Drugovich 20.227s
8  Presley Martono 33.341s
9  Manuel Maldonado 35.035s
10  Neil Verhagen 35.130s
11  Yoshiaki Katayama 39.171s
12  Dylan Young 52.575s
13  Pavan Ravishankar 52.851s
14  Chia Wing Hoong 1m12.651s
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