Kart racer Jack Harvey suffered an engine problem during the final of the latest round of the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championship at Lydd in Kent this weekend (August 28-30), dropping him to tenth place as the chequered flag came out. However, a...
Kart racer Jack Harvey suffered an engine problem during the final of the latest round of the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championship at Lydd in Kent this weekend (August 28-30), dropping him to tenth place as the chequered flag came out. However, a string of good results in the heats keeps him in with a chance of the title in third place in the standings.
The Allens Group backed youngster from Bassingham had plenty of speed over the course of the weekend, taking a win, a third place and an eighth place result over the three heats. A third place start position was his reward for consistent finishes and on current form it looked as though he might be in with a chance of stepping onto the podium.
A poor start meant he dropped to sixth place. But, a superb charge meant he was into the lead of the final by lap seven. A carburetor problem from earlier in the weekend reared its head during the middle section of the race though, and it dropped Jack quickly down the order.
The eleven-year-old adjusted the settings as he drove around for the next three laps and finally got it running properly again, but the damage was done and tenth place was the best he could get after such a promising start to the final.
"Everything went so well at the start of the weekend for us," said Jack. "We thought that we'd fixed the problem after the practice sessions and the heats all went fine but it came back right at the worst point possible," he added.
Fortunately for Jack, the results from the heats also count towards the championship points and his early race-day form keeps him at third in the standings, wit just one round left to run.
"We were lucky today, the result could have cost us a chance for the title going into the last round," he said. "It's still a slim chance, but at least we are there at the end and anything could happen."
Jack will be in action again next weekend, when he heads for his third open meeting of the season, the Midland Championships at Rissington. The televised event will once again put Harvey up against his regular rivals from the two main cadet championships. However, it will also spring up a handful of 'club specialists' who compete at the circuit on a regular basis. Jack is not fazed though, and can't wait to go up against them as well.
"It should be a really good meeting and I'm looking forward to it," he said. "There are always circuit specialists at the open events and it will be interesting to see how the national racers get on against them," he added.