British F3 Driver Jack Harvey Secures Ninth In The Championship In His Rookie Year
British F3 driver Jack Harvey today secured ninth in the Cooper Tyres British F3 Championship following three tricky races at Silverstone.
Despite Harvey’s impressive run of podiums coming to an end, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver was able to finish in the top ten in his rookie year in the series.
Following a strong test at Silverstone two weeks ago - where Harvey ran in the top two on both days - the Carlin driver was hopeful of securing further podium finishes at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar.
Friday’s free practice sessions saw Harvey immediately on the pace; running in the top three in the first session and in the top six in the second session, despite running on old tyres. However a problem with tyre pressure in qualifying put an end to Harvey’s hopes for a strong end to the season, as he was only able to manage the ninth fastest time of the session.
Harvey made a good start to race one but with the cars in front of him bunched up into turn one, he was forced to drop back to avoid contact with them and ended up lying P12 heading into turn two. The Carlin driver made steady progress throughout the lap and was up to P10 at the start of lap two.
Harvey spent the remainder of the race closing the gap to ninth placed Fantin and had got the gap down to less than half a second by the time the race finished after fifteen laps of racing. Harvey crossed the finish line in P10, just outside of the points.
Race two saw Harvey start on row five of the grid. Faced with a damp track, he made the call the start on wet tyres as believed he could gain more at the start of the race than he would lose towards the end as the track dried.
The decision paid off and Harvey was up to P8 by the end of lap one. Harvey then turned his attention to the seventh placed car of Nasr and half way through lap two had lined up and passed the Brazilian for P7.
Next up was sixth placed Huertas who he had caught and passed by the end of lap two. Fifth placed Derani was next in line but eight seconds up the road. Harvey then set about reeling the Double R Racing driver in and had got the gap down to three seconds by lap three. In the closing stages of the race with the track drying, Harvey was forced to seek out the damp parts of the track to keep the tyres cool and crossed the line in P6; collecting five Championship points.
The final race of the season saw Harvey start in P11. Suffering with wheel spin at the start, Harvey dropped back to P14 by the end of lap one but immediately began his fight back through the field. Harvey caught and passed Idafar for P13 and then Ilyas for P12 before the end of lap two. However a drive through penalty for exceeding the track limits put a stop to Harvey’s charge through the field and the British driver crossed the finish line in P19.
“To be totally honest it’s been a really disappointing two days. We went into weekend with really high expectations on the back of a great test and our pace on Friday justified that confidence. However an issue with tyre pressure during qualifying meant that we were starting the races way down the field and out of position to where we should have been. Therefore instead of challenging for podium positions we were fighting for P6, P7 which is a real shame;” commented Jack Harvey.
“However, up until this weekend we were having a brilliant end to my rookie season with one win and five podiums in a row so we have to focus on that. After a tough start to the season it has been great to see everything come together from the midpoint and for us as a team to get stronger and stronger;” continued Harvey.
Jack finished the 2011 British F3 Championship in ninth place with 112 points.