HARVEY VICTORIOUS IN THE NETHERLANDS Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey scored a memorable maiden win from his first ever pole position in the latest rounds of the Formula BMW Europe series at Zandvoort in the Netherlands this ...
HARVEY VICTORIOUS IN THE NETHERLANDS
Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey scored a memorable maiden win from his first ever pole position in the latest rounds of the Formula BMW Europe series at Zandvoort in the Netherlands this weekend.
The Racing Steps Foundation driver, in just his second car race event, drove faultlessly in the Saturday qualifying session, missing out on pole for race one by just six hundredths of a second. However, his second quickest lap of the session was good enough to give him the prime position for race two.
As the weekend's opening race got underway on Sunday morning Jack, on the dirty side of the track, struggled with wheelspin and lost two places at the start to pole-man Robin Frijns and Felipe Nasr. Despite struggling with understeer Jack drove a steady defensive race over the course of the remaining laps to take a solid fifth place and rack up valuable rookie championship points.
In race two, Jack again struggled slightly with wheelspin and lost the lead to Daniel Juncadella with first round winner Nasr slotting into third. A safety car period after three laps bunched up the pack and at the restart, a three-way fight for victory developed.
On the tenth lap, this battle allowed Nasr to move into second and chase down race-leader Juncadella and on the penultimate lap he got past. Behind the battling duo, Jack was biding his time and waiting for the chance to pounce.
On the final lap, a superb move by the reigning KF2 kart champion at the end of the pit straight gave Jack the lead which he held to the flag to notch up his first ever car race win.
"It was a great weekend but I really never thought I'd be taking my first pole position and first win in only my second weekend in car races," said Jack. "Qualifying was great, the car was fantastic, just how I wanted it and I managed to get in two good, solid laps and give my Dad a really great birthday treat on Saturday.
"In the first race I struggled to get off the line and suffered with understeer and dropped a few places. During the race, I was driving very defensively to maintain that position but I was happy to bag some points and wasn't prepared to risk anything.
"Race two was better though, I made a decent start although I lost the lead and to be honest I was happy to be getting a podium in only my second race weekend. Then on the final lap they were having their own little battle and it almost looked like they'd forgotten I was there they were too busy concentrating on each other. After that it was a clean run to the flag and a great birthday present for my dad.
"The Fortec team has done a great job and I'm really happy to have given the boys their first win in European FBMW. It's fantastic too for the Racing Steps Foundation which has been so supportive and it's nice to be able to repay the faith shown in me."
Jack will return to race action this weekend, with his home races at Silverstone, at the sold-out British Grand Prix.