Harvey claims first win

Jack Harvey EMN-151105-165518001
Jack Harvey EMN-151105-165518001

Linconshire racing driver Jack Harvey claimed his first Indy Lights win of the 2015 season at Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit at the weekend in dominant style, taking a lights to flag victory.

Harvey, from Bassingham, who has had four second place finishes this season, set a new lap record during Friday’s qualifying session to claim pole position for both races.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver lined up on the first row of the grid for Friday afternoon’s race and dominated from start to finish, with no-one able to get close to him during the 30-lap race. Harvey crossed the finish line almost five seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, claiming a further 30 championship points.

Harvey was in pole position for the second race of the weekend, but at the start of that race he was squeezed out by Sean Rayhall and moved down second.

He was later pushed down to third but, undeterred, Harvey continued to press and set a series of fastest laps before reclaiming second place.

In the later stages Harvey continued to close the gap to race leader Rayhall, with the race looking set for an exciting finale until Harvey’s engine lost drive and went into ‘safety mode’ with just a few corners of the race to go - a visor tear-off had jammed in the radiator causing the engine to overheat. With limited engine power, Harvey dropped back down the field to fifth.

“It was a weekend of mixed emotions,” said Harvey afterwards. “Friday was pretty much a perfect day; we qualified on pole, won and also set the fastest lap in the race.”

“We were looking strong for another good finish on Saturday when the car’s engine went into ‘safety mode’ due to the tear-off getting stuck in my radiator, and I lost power.”

Harvey is now in second place in the Indy Lights standings with 162 points, just four behind leader Ed Jones.

The next race in the series is also at Indianapolis on May 21 and 22, but this time at the Motor Speedway circuit.