Jack Harvey press release
A Dominant Win And A Second Place Finish For Jack Harvey At Oulton Park
British racing driver Jack Harvey kick-started his challenge for the 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Championship with a dominant win and a second place finish at Oulton Park; securing a total of 41 points and taking the lead in the Championship standings.
Following a strong test at Oulton Park last month, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver headed into Friday’s qualifying session confident of a good result. With rain threatening the session it was important to get a good lap in early on and Harvey went P2 from the start. The session was red flagged midway through and with less than 15 minutes left and the track steadily getting quicker, Harvey put in a lap time good enough for pole. Harvey continued to put in flying laps and by the time the session ended he had comfortably secured a double pole.
Rain fell just ahead of race one on Saturday so Harvey lined up in pole position on the grid on slicks. Making a textbook start, Harvey put in a dominant first lap and had pulled out a two second gap over the second placed car. Harvey then didn’t put a foot wrong, putting in fastest lap after fastest lap and pulling out a lead of eight seconds by mid-race distance. By lap eleven Harvey was already lapping the backmarkers and after 30 minutes of racing he took the chequered flag almost ten seconds ahead of Jafaar in P2.
With a newly revised starting grid rule for 2012, race two saw Harvey start in P12; with the top twelve finishers from race one being reversed for the grid. With the track dried out, Harvey made a good start on dry tyres and was up to P10 by the end of lap one. Lap two saw Harvey set the fastest lap of the race; two tenths of a second quicker than the race leader, and was up to P9 by the end of the lap.
By lap six Harvey had moved up to P7 and with Lynn pulling off with car damage one lap later; Harvey was promoted to P6. The safety car was brought out to deal with Lynn’s car which bunched up the field. The track went green with one lap of racing left on the clock and despite fighting hard with Sainz Jnr for P5, Harvey crossed the finish line in P6, collecting another six championship points.
The final race of the weekend saw Harvey once again start on pole position. Second-placed Serralles got a flying start and was able to snatch the lead from Harvey into the first corner. The safety car was brought out on lap one to deal with Derani’s car stalled on grid and one lap later the race wasrestarted.
On lap six Harvey put in the best lap of the race and began to reel in Serralles at a tenth of a second a lap. Four laps later Serralles responded and set the fastest lap of the race. Despite Harvey’s best efforts he couldn’t close the gap and crossed the finish line in P2, taking the lead in the driver’s Championship.
“To be leading the Championship after the first round is a great feeling. Everyone at Carlin has worked incredibly hard over the winter and this weekend’s results are a real team effort. Double pole on Friday was a fantastic start and to cross the finish line in first place at the end of race one almost ten seconds ahead was a brilliant result;” commented Jack Harvey.
“Starting P12 for race two with the reverse grid it was always going to be a challenge to get a strong result so I’m happy to have got a P6 and to have picked up another five Championship points. Oulton Park is a tough track to overtake on but I pushed hard and made up some decent places;” continued Harvey.
“In the last race Serralles got a lightning start and was able to take first place off me into the first corner. We were trading fastest laps with each other throughout the race but even though he managed to take the win I’m still happy with second place. We now head to Monza for the next round and the aim continues to be more pole positions and morewins and to extend our lead in the Championship;” continued Harvey.
Jack Harvey heads to Monza on 14th April for the next round of the British F3 Championship. Harvey leads the drivers Championship with 41 points.