BASSINGHAM single seater racing driver Jack Harvey was crowned 2012 British Formula Three champion on Sunday after two stunning lights to flag victories at Donington Park.
The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver is the first British winner of the ccampionship since 2006. He joined a long list of racing greats – including Jim Clark, Mika Häkkinen, Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Rubens Barrichello and Sir Jackie Stewart– to have won the highly-respected championship.
The weekend’s two wins at Donington brought 19-year-old Jack’s total number of race wins this season to seven and, due to his brilliant run of strong results, the Carlin driver has never been out of the top three of the drivers’ championship all season.
The MSA Team UK driver was dominant at Donington from the off, posting the quickest lap time in free practice. Jack then went on to match this pace in qualifying where he secured a double pole position for races one and three.
On Saturday afternoon, Jack made a textbook start to race one from pole after 20 laps of racing he clinched victory to move within a single point of the championship leader.
He finished sixth in the reverse grid race two to take over the championship lead.
Race three on Sunday afternoon saw a dramatic climax to the championship with the daylight fading quickly and Jack knowing that a win would clinch the title.
Lining up in pole position, he made yet another perfect start and began to pull away. He kept a cool head and controlled the race right up until the chequered flag where he took his seventh win of the season and with it, the championship title.
Jack said he found it hard to put into words what the triumphant day meant to him. He said: “It has been an amazing year and to win the British F3 Championship today is a dream come true.
“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.”
Motorsport runs in the Harvey family and Jack has been racing since he was nine years old, when he began in karting at track such as the PFI Circuit at Brandon, near Grantham.
Jack said: “It was actually my dad who first got me started in karting. He thought it would be something I’d enjoy and suggested I have a go.
“I started to believe that this was something that I was good at and could potentially have a career in. And the rest is history.”
After a highly successful six years behind the wheel of karts, he went on to finish second in the 2010 Formula BMW Europe single-seater championship, before he was snapped up by Carlin for his debut F3 season last year.