HARVEY NETS FOURTH IN SINGAPORE Jack Harvey narrowly missed out on two podium finishes when the Lincolnshire ace competed in the Formula BMW Asia Pacific rounds in Singapore this weekend, crossing the line fourth in both races. His elation...
HARVEY NETS FOURTH IN SINGAPORE
Jack Harvey narrowly missed out on two podium finishes when the Lincolnshire ace competed in the Formula BMW Asia Pacific rounds in Singapore this weekend, crossing the line fourth in both races. His elation after race two however was short-lived after being penalised 30 seconds for missing the chicane, dropping him to an eventual 15th place.
The Racing Steps Foundation driver set a cracking pace in free practice to post the second quickest time. However in qualifying later in the day, the teenager was heavily baulked on his flying lap, losing a second in just one sector.
A determined effort to jump up the timesheets saw the 16 year-old clip the wall, damaging a rear wishbone. Despite that Jack was still eight tenths quicker than his previous fastest lap and wound up seventh fastest for both races.
Running for the first time with the Eurasia Motorsport team, but with the benefit of his usual Fortec Motorsport engineer, Jack was nevertheless confident of a good finish despite it being a weekend of firsts. On his first visit to the Grand Prix track and with a brand new car and team, expectations were still high following a superb performance thus far in his maiden year in single-seaters, which netted victory in only his second race.
The reigning KF2 Kart Champion didn't make the best of starts in race one but in typical Jack style clawed his way back up into fourth. Despite a down-on-power engine costing straightline-speed, Jack successfully outwitted several drivers to steadily move up the order, posting the second quickest lap of the race, just one and a half tenths off the fastest driver.
The second race on Sunday had Jack struggle off the line, dropping two places and being boxed out of the first corner. A determined effort from the Minster School pupil allowed him to pick his way through, his caused helped by the appearance of the safety car.
Jack crossed eventually crossed the line fourth but at the conclusion of the race was docked 30 seconds after an overtaking manoeuvre caused him to miss the chicane and gain a place.
"What an amazing weekend," said Jack. "The place is mind-blowing and such a fantastic experience. For our first time with the team I'm very happy with what I consider to be two fourth places and if we don't do Macau then it's good have finished the season on high.
"Although we didn't come away with a podium, I think it was a very successful weekend for us. Free practice was great and if I hadn't been held up on my flying lap could have been a comfortable second quickest in qualifying.
"I think the penalty was a little harsh and I'm a little disappointed with the inconsistency of the penalties but overall I can honestly say that is the best weekend's racing I've ever had.