Chennai MRF Challenge: Newey tops first practice, Schumacher fourth

Harrison Newey led the opening practice at the season finale of the MRF Challenge at Madras Motor Race Track as Mick Schumacher finished fourth on his debut.

Chennai MRF Challenge: Newey tops first practice, Schumacher fourth

After the unofficial session yesterday, the weekend kicked off with the first official practice at MMRT as Newey topped the session with a time of 1m34.679s.

Championship contender Nikita Troitskiy was 0.412s shy of the Brit's time with home boy Tarun Reddy in third.

Schumacher impressed with his performance straightaway finishing fourth ahead of Alessio Picariello, who rounded the top five.

Tatiana Calderon was sixth, keeping championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi at bay in seventh as Laura Tillett, with her experience of the track ended eighth.

In an incident-free session, the top 10 was completed by Arjun Narendran at ninth and Russian Nerses Isaakyan 10th.

Apart from the three Indian drivers, Tillett, and Dylan Young, all the remaining 10 drivers got their first taste of the Indian track.

As Motorsport.com reported, Narendran and Karthik Tharani filled in for Giuliano Alesi and Matthew Draper for the finale.

Position

Driver

Time

1

Harrison Newey

1:34.679

2

Nikita Troitskiy

1:35.091

3

Tarun Reddy

1:35.423

4

Mick Schumacher

1:35.452

5

Alessio Picariello

1:35.545

6

Tatiana Calderon

1:35.577

7

Pietro Fittipaldi

1:35.876

8

Laura Tillett

1:35.878

9

Arjun Narendran

1:35.879

10

Nerses Isaakyan

1:35.991

11

Enzo Bortoleto

1:36.040

12

Dylan Young

1:36.096

13

Max Fewtrell

1:36.122

14

Karthik Tharani

1:36.153

15

Aleksanteri Huovinen

1:36.502

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