British F3 Driver Jack Harvey Climbs Up The Championship Table With Another Podium Finish

Jack Harvey
Jack Harvey

Photo by: Daniel James Smith

British F3 driver Jack Harvey this weekend secured his fifth podium finish in as many races at the penultimate round of the Cooper Tires British F3 Championship at Donnington Park.

Jack’s run of podium finishes means he has now climbed to eighth in the British F3 Championship in his rookie season, with three races to go at Silverstone.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver was on the pace from the moment he arrived at the track; running in the top four in all free practice sessions. During Saturday’s qualifying session, Harvey posted the second fastest lap time in his Carlin car; just seven hundredths of a second off pole, and lined up on the front row of the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race.

In race one, Harvey made a small mistake at the start and dropped down to P3 behind Huertas. Despite posting faster lap times than the Colombian driver throughout the race, Harvey was unable to find a way past and crossed the finish line in third place; securing the final podium position.

Rain fell ahead of Sunday’s races meaning the track was damp for the team’s arrival. With light rain beginning to fall just ahead of race two, Harvey and the Carlin team started on slicks in P2. However, Harvey struggled from the off with low tyre pressures which resulted in a lack of grip and meant he had dropped down to P8 in the opening stages of the race. Harvey battled hard despite these tyre issues and eventually crossed the finish line in P9.

For race three, Harvey started the reverse grid in P3 and due to an opening lap collision between Nasr and Magnussen, was leading the race by the start of lap two. Harvey’s pace was strong in the first four laps and began to pull a slight gap on second placed Svendsen-Cook. On lap five Svendsen-Cook spun which left Magnussen in P2 behind Harvey. Over the next four laps Harvey battled hard to fend off the Danish driver before he eventually managed to squeeze past on lap nine.

Eight laps before the end, and running in P2, Harvey could feel that something wasn’t right with his car and five laps later was forced to pit with an engine issue which proved terminal and meant his first DNF in twenty races.

“It was looking like our strongest race weekend of the season with a P3 and a P2 before our final race was affected by an engine issue. Despite the disappointment of not being able to come away with two podium finishes, there are a lot of positives to take away from this weekend; namely that we have the pace to be consistently running in the top four. We have come incredibly far as a team since the start of the season. To be recording our fifth podium in as many races shows we are running at the top on a regular basis and is a really strong end to the season;” commented Jack Harvey.

“We now turn our attention to the final round of the season in Silverstone which I have been looking forward to all season. It is one of my favourite race tracks and this weekend’s result leaves us expecting to end the season with some more solid podium finishes and hopefully jump up to P7 in the Championship;” continued Jack Harvey.

Jack Harvey heads to Silverstone on the 8th October for the final round of the British F3 Championship. Jack is currently lying eight in the Championship with 106 points.