Bassingham kart champion Jack Harvey clinched the prestigious WTP (World Technical Product) 'O' plate after taking victory in the open event at Whilton Mill near Daventry at the weekend (August 21/22). The Allens Group backed youngster had...
Bassingham kart champion Jack Harvey clinched the prestigious WTP (World Technical Product) 'O' plate after taking victory in the open event at Whilton Mill near Daventry at the weekend (August 21/22).
The Allens Group backed youngster had decided to compete in both the WTP and the Commer classes at the event, pitching him against his rivals from the MSA Super One and BRDC Stars of Tomorrow series', as well as the racers in the championship which he won last season.
In a frantic final Harvey moved into the lead on the penultimate lap and pulled out a huge lead to finish well clear of the rest of the field.
The 'O' plate shows that a racer is the driver to beat in a particular championship and Harvey was incredibly pleased to step back into the WTP class and show that he is still a benchmark for other racers to level against. The victory means that he can enter any WTP class event across the country and drive on the plate, lining himself up as the man to beat on any given race day.
"I'm really pleased to win the O-plate," said Jack. "The rest of the guys in the championship have been racing there all season and have been learning new things along the way. To step back into the class, with no testing, and win is great," he added.
A victory in the Commer class could have been on the cards for Harvey too. However, another racer spun in front of him in the final, dropping him away from the leading pack. A superb drive meant he managed to get back onto terms with the leaders on the last lap, but he needed another two laps to have made it to the front again.
With another weekend of great results behind him, Harvey is fired up as he heads into the final few meetings of the year. The Stars of Tomorrow title is still within his reach with two rounds left to run and he wants to step onto the top step of the podium before the end of the season.
The next race on the agenda for him is at Lydd in Kent next weekend. At his last visit to the circuit he took pole position and take fifth place in the Super One series. A few places further up the order are what Harvey has in mind as he heads south.
"I've got my confidence back after this weekend and we've had a handful of good meetings now," he said. "We've got a better package, with the team and the way the kart is working. We've got more power and I am driving better than I was at the start of the season. I'm going to be training hard this week and I'm going to be going for it at Lydd," he added.