Harvey takes Formula 3 title

Bassingham driver Jack Harvey who has won the 2012 British F3 Championship. Photo supplied.
Bassingham driver Jack Harvey who has won the 2012 British F3 Championship. Photo supplied.

BASSINGHAM racing driver Jack Harvey was crowned 2012 British F3 Champion on Sunday after two stunning lights-to-flags victories at Donington Park race circuit.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver is the first British winner of the British F3 Championship since 2006, and joins a long list of racing greats including Senna, Hakkinen, Piquet and Stewart to win this highly-respected championship.

This weekend’s two wins at Donington bring Jack’s total number of race wins this season to seven. The Carlin driver has never been out of the top three of the drivers championship all season.

Harvey said after the race: “It’s hard to put into words what today means to me. It has been an amazing year and to win the British F3 Championship today is a dream come true.”

The MSA Team UK driver was dominant at Donington from the off, posting the quickest lap time in free practice and matched this pace in qualifying, securing a double pole position for races one and three.

On Saturday afternoon Harvey made a textbook start to race one and immediately began pulling away. After two laps he had a 1.5 second gap, increasing to 2.5 seconds after four laps and by lap 14 he was four seconds ahead, eventually clinching victory and within one point of the championship leader.

For race two Harvey lined up in P8 for the reverse grid, behind his championship rivals Jaafar and Serralles, and was up to P6 by the end of lap one, the position he stayed in to the end, taking the championship lead.

Race three on Sunday afternoon saw a dramatic climax with daylight fading quickly. Lining up in pole position, Harvey began to pull away from Lynn in P2. Lynn began to fight back after a few laps of racing but Harvey kept a cool head and controlled the race right up until the checkered flag, and with it took the championship.

Jack, former Sleaford Standard Junior Sportsperson of the Year, added: “I want to say a huge thanks to the Carlin team for all the hard work they have put in over the year. Most of the work goes on behind the scenes but these guys work so hard every day of the year to give me a fantastic car to drive.

“I also want to say a massive thanks to Derek and Graham from the Racing Steps Foundation for their support again this year. And of course to my family who are there for me every step of the way.”