MOTOR RACING: Bassingham’s Jack Harvey is Lincs Sportsman of the Year

Lincs Sportsman of the Year Jack Harvey won at Silverstone this season. Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Media Service

Lincs Sportsman of the Year Jack Harvey won at Silverstone this season. Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Media Service

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Bassingham single-seater racing driver Jack Harvey won the prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award at last week’s Lincolnshire Sports Awards.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver faced tough competition in the form of 2013 British Superbikes champion Alex Lowes and tennis ace Dan Cox, both of whom were shortlisted for the award at Lincolnshire Showground last Thursday night.

More than 400 people were out in force for the annual awards ceremony and gala night which celebrates the county’s finest sporting talent. A total of 44 people from the county were nominated for the 16 awards that were up for grabs, but it was 2012 British F3 champion Jack that took the top spot.

His love of motorsport began with karting on tracks such as Fulbeck and Brandon and he went on to win every championship he entered, including at European level.

His sporting achievements were first recognised by the Lincolnshire Sports Awards in 2010 when he won the Young Sportsman of the Year Award. The award was in recognition of his superb season in Formula BMW where he finished the year as vice-champion.

This year’s award was again in recognition of another electrifying season of racing. In his first season in GP3, Jack secured two wins, a further podium finish, and 11 top 10 finishes on his way to finishing the year in fifth place in the championship and highest placed rookie driver.

Jack said it was an honour to receive the award and he was not expecting to win with such tough competition. He said:

“This award means a lot as it shows how much my home county is supporting me. I started my racing career in Lincolnshire when I was just nine years old, competing on the local kart tracks, so it’s a great feeling to know that everyone is still supporting me all these years later.”