Newey wins MRF Challenge championship 2016

Harrison Newey set the fastest lap on lap 13 only for Schumacher to do it on lap 14. On the final lap of the race Newey went three tenths off to set the fastest lap and win the MRF Challenge championship.

Harrison Newey was ecstatic after winning the title on the last lap in front of his teary eyed father, Adrian Newey.   -  Dipak Ragav

Harrison Newey won the MRF Challenge 2016 beating Mick Schumacher and Joey Mawson in a dramatic final race of the season. Newey and Mawson finished tied on 277 points but the British driver took the title on countback having had more wins than his rival.

After having won the first race in the morning, Newey went into the final race of the season 12 points behind Mawson. In race two, Mawson had the perfect start and went into the first corner in the lead ahead of Newey and Schumacher.

There was action behind as Aron and Neil Verhagen crashed, bringing out the safety car. When racing resumed on lap five, Mawson held on to the lead with Newey all over his gearbox. Schumacher in third stayed with the two leaders, as has been the case for most of the season with these three drivers fighting each other.

Mawson looked on course to take the title but a costly mistake on lap 11 into the last corner allowed both Newey and Schumacher to get past.

Still Mawson had the title in his hands a two point lead. With two points being awarded for fastest lap of the race, the top three drivers gave it all they got.

Newey set the fastest lap on lap 13 only for Schumacher to do it on lap 14. On the final lap of the race Newey went three tenths off to set the fastest lap and win the title.

In the first race, starting on pole for the second time this weekend, Newey got the perfect start as Schumacher got bogged down and dropped down to fourth position. Newey pulled away at the front with Vips passing Aron to slot in second.

Mawson again started from a lowly seventh place but moved up to sixth and set his sights on Daniel Ticktum ahead. Schumacher tried to get past Aron on lap two but could not make the move stick.

On lap six Schumacher spun out of the race at the back section while chasing Aron and Vips. In the meanwhile Mawson passed Ticktum to move into fourth place. Newey comfortably crossed the finish line ahead of Vips and Aron.

Harrison Newey was ecstatic after winning the title on the last lap in front of his teary eyed father, Adrian Newey. He commented, “It is just an unbelievable feeling to win the title like this. I knew I had to set the fastest lap if he was in third and to do it this way is just amazing. This has been a great season with strong competitors in Schumacher and Mawson.”