Kart racer Jack Harvey managed to claim sixth place in the latest round of the Elf/BTE Lawline Super One Cadet series at Shennington near Banbury at the weekend. However, two disappointing results in the heats have left the Allens Group backed...
Kart racer Jack Harvey managed to claim sixth place in the latest round of the Elf/BTE Lawline Super One Cadet series at Shennington near Banbury at the weekend. However, two disappointing results in the heats have left the Allens Group backed racer out of contention for the title in the run-up to the season finale.
The Bassingham based racer went into the weekend fourth in the championship standings with a chance to close the gap in his rivals. An accident in one of the heats sent Harvey and several of the other front-runners down the order for the following heats.
A ninth place starting position in the final meant that Harvey had a lot of work to do. A strong drive gave him sixth place at the flag but the points reward was not enough to put him in with a chance of taking the title. However, an upbeat Harvey knows that to finish the year in the top six will be a massive achievement, just not the one he and the Fusion Motorsport team were hoping for.
"We had the pace all weekend to battle at the front," said Jack. "But, a lot of the front-running guys had problems over the weekend and we were unlucky. The result means that we can't win the championship now, but we are still in with a chance to take second or third."
"We obviously started the season with the intention of winning the title, but to finish in the top six of the Super One Championship with this level of competition is a great result for us this year," he added.
Jack will now head for his home circuit -- PF International near Brandon -- next weekend for the highlight of the karting calendar, the televised Kart Masters event. The prestigious one-off meeting brings together racers from all over Europe to race head-to-head at the top class venue.
Harvey will be up against a number of his current Super One and Stars of Tomorrow rivals at the event, but is aware that a home advantage could give him an edge over the course of the four day meeting.
"I should have a bit of an edge over the rest of the grid at PF International with being so local. I will be going out with the aim of stepping onto the podium at the end of the weekend. It is a big event and I want to get the best result I possibly can," he said.
An incredibly tight race schedule will then see Jack move on to Wigan for the next round of the British Racing Drivers Club Stars of Tomorrow Championship. Harvey is still in the title race and has his sights set on a good result to reel in the rivals ahead of him.
"I will try to get onto the podium again at Wigan," said Jack. "I had a good result there in a club meeting earlier in the season and hopefully we can pick up that form again while we are there."
"I want to gain points on the guys ahead of me in the championship so that we are in the best position possible in the last few rounds of the season," he added.