MOTOR RACING: Bassingham’s Harvey extends his lead in Indy Lights Championship

Jack Harvey on track at Iowa.
Jack Harvey on track at Iowa.
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Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey edged another step closer to the 2015 Indy Lights Championship title with a solid race at Iowa last Saturday.

With only four rounds left to go in this year’s championship, Jack continues to top the standings; now 18 points ahead of his nearest rival.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver was immediately on the pace at the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway Oval, and finished the first practice at the top of the timesheets with a fastest lap of 161.145 mph (19.9721 seconds). Qualifying later in the day proved a little frustrating and Jack finished the session in P3.

When the race went green on Saturday afternoon, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver made a good start to the 100-lap oval race, however sixth-placed RC Enerson was able to get past and Jack moved down to P4.

In a fairly uneventful race, the yellow flag only came out once, on lap 67 when Ringel’s car had a mechanical issue. This caused the pack to bunch up and when the race went green again a few laps later, it would be a close fight amongst the top five cars to the finish. After a further 30 laps of wheel-to-wheel racing, Jack took the chequered flag in P5.

Jack commented: “On a positive side, we have come away from Iowa extending our lead even further in the championship. We now go into the final four rounds 18 points ahead of Pigot, but we know that we have to keep pushing at every opportunity and keep fighting hard to stay at the top of the standings.

“The weekend started well with us finishing first practice in P1 but things didn’t continue to go the way we wanted them to.

“We will only ever be satisfied with a win and that is our focus for Mid-Ohio in two weeks. Last year I had a double win there and that will be our aim again this year.”