MOTOR RACING: Jack Harvey extends Indy Lights Championship lead

Jack Harvey on his way to fourth place at Milwaukee.
Jack Harvey on his way to fourth place at Milwaukee.

Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey extended his championship lead in the Indy Lights Championship after a fourth place finish in Milwaukee at the weekend.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver, who has scored two wins and six second places so far this season, is now on 261 points in the driver standings, 15 points ahead of second placed Spencer Pigot, and 31 clear of Ed Jones.

Returning to competition after a month-long break, the Indy Lights fraternity hit the world famous ‘Milwaukee Mile’ on Saturday for practice on the 1.015-mile oval, the oldest operating motor speedway in the world. Jack was on the pace from the off, topping the timesheets in practice ahead of main championship rivals Jones and Pigot, with a fastest lap of 147.723 mph (24.7355sec).

Heading into the weekend, the driver led the championship standings with 242 points. Pigot was second on 231 points and Jones 12 points further adrift.

Saturday afternoon saw a hard fought qualifying session, with the top four drivers smashing the previous qualifying lap record. Racing Steps Foundation-backed Jack set a fastest lap of 24.4258 seconds, hitting a top speed of 149.778mph to line up on the outside of the second row in fourth.

On Sunday afternoon the grid was set for 100 laps of high-speed oval action, at the end of which Jack took the chequered flag still in fourth spot. With his main championship rivals Pigot and Jones finishing in seventh and eighth respectively, Jack increased his championship lead.

The championship battle will resume at the weekend, with round 12 of the championship due to take place at Newton, Iowa.

Jack said: “It was a decent weekend. We started out well in practice but then could only manage P4 in qualifying. The whole team worked hard to get ready for the race and to finish fourth is not a bad result, but it’s not where we wanted to be.

“We’re still leading the championship, but now our focus turns to on Iowa next weekend and to getting back to the top of results sheets to extend our lead even further.”