Hungary weekend ends all square for Harvey and Frijns. Budapest, 1 August 2010. It was Jack Harvey's turn to win in Hungary after the British Fortec Motorsports driver was beaten into second place in race one by his arch rival for the series ...
Hungary weekend ends all square for Harvey and Frijns.
Budapest, 1 August 2010. It was Jack Harvey's turn to win in Hungary after the British Fortec Motorsports driver was beaten into second place in race one by his arch rival for the series title, Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing). This time Frijns was second, while third was BMW Junior driver, Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational), who was also top Rookie. As the teams go into the summer break there are still 23 points between Harvey and Frijns at the top of the points' standings.
The move of the race was certainly that made by Sainz, who was second on the grid, on polesitter Harvey as they went towards the first corner. In what Frijns called `a cool move' the Spaniard went for the lead, and had his nose in front for a while. However, Harvey covered the move and Sainz went wide and lost momentum.
Sadly for George Katsinis (GR/Fortec Motorsports) another podium was not in sight as he went wide in the first corner and dropped from sixth on the grid to 13th. Harvey crossed the line at the end of lap one 0.5secs ahead of Frijns, with Sainz a further 0.2secs behind. However, on lap two pressure on Sainz paid off and Frijns moved up to second.
As the top three started to break away from Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport) in fourth an early casualty was Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS), who spun and hit the barrier on lap three. There was a ferocious battle for tenth between Michael Lewis (US/Eurointernational), Maciej Bernacik (PL/Mucke Motorsport), Facu Regalia (AR/Eifelland Racing). Bernacik took the place from Lewis on lap four and was then eventually able to move up a further two places on lap 12 after a collision between a battling Javier Tarancon (FR/DAMS) and Daniil Kvyat (RU/Eurointernational) who both wanted sixth.
On lap 11 Frijns came under pressure form Sainz, who was just 0.3secs behind, and this allowed Harvey to increase his lead to 4.6seconds at the chequered flag. Frijns kept his second place and on the last lap it was Sainz who then came under pressure from Hansen.
1st Round 12: Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports): "It was a good race for me. I thought Carlos was going round the outside at the first corner so I moved to cover his line, and he dived back to the inside, but luckily he managed to run wide, so I managed to get into the lead and stay there for the rest of the race. It was very challenging because at one point I thought they were catching me, then I pulled away and then they caught me up. I am not exactly sure what happened on the last couple of laps as I managed to double the lead and kind of eased off at that point. It has been very close between me and Robin this weekend. We have had a pole each and a win each so for the championship it is all very close, and luckily for me he didn't pull any points on me this weekend and I didn't gain any on him so it was stalemate."
2nd Round 12: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "It was a tricky one because Carlos started second and he tried to make a move on Jack. It went well, but he had a bad exit so Jack was first again. Then I was waiting for Carlos to make a move on Jack again, but it didn't work out and I passed him on the second lap. Then I was behind Jack and was a little bit faster at the beginning, but in the middle it was the same and in the end I was losing grip at the back and my tyres were completely gone as I asked too much of them at the beginning. I was defending from Carlos for the last three laps and Jack pulled away but for me it was quite a good race. "
3rd Round 12 Top Rookie: Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational): "At the start I just improvised and had to try something different if I was to win the race. It didn't work, so perhaps next time I shall try something different. I would have liked to be second but a place on the podium is not so bad. It is my first year and I am still learning. Let's see now what happens in Spa which is very difficult for the Rookies. I am happy going into the summer break as I didn't expect so many podiums and to be leading the Rookie championship by so many points."