MOTOR RACING: Harvey adds to his podium tally in Indy Lights series

Jack Harvey on track in Toronto
Jack Harvey on track in Toronto

Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey added yet another podium finish to his tally of results in the 2014 Indy Lights Championship.

Sunday’s third place finish at Toronto means Jack has now scored podium finishes in two thirds of this season’s races.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver currently lies third in the drivers’ standings, and is continuing to close the gap to second place, race by race. Jack also leads the battle for highest placed rookie of the season with five rounds to go.

Despite it being his first visit to the 1.75-mile Canadian street circuit, he was immediately amongst the front runners in the first practice session of the weekend, and qualified fourth on the grid.

The team elected to leave the dry set-up on the car from qualifying. He got a good start and by lap three was up to third, however, the two Belardi cars in P1 and P2 were able to pull out a significant gap as they were on an intermediate tyres set- up.

But by half-distance, the track was almost dry and Jack began to rapidly close the gap to the leading pair. In just 15 laps, he took eight seconds out of the lead with some of his laps half a second quicker than the front men.

He continued his storming drive and on lap 34 set the fastest lap of the race. By the time the chequered flag fell after 40 minutes of racing, he was just 1.5 seconds off second place.

Jack said: “This was probably the most promising weekend of the season so far. We were very fast all weekend and, if it hadn’t been for the yellow flags and traffic during qualifying, we would have very likely been on pole. During the race as the track started to dry our race pace was also very fast so we can come away from Toronto with a lot of positives.

“It’s obviously a little disappointing that the win didn’t happen but with the pace we have been showing and the six podium finishes to date, we’re confident that we won’t have to wait much longer.

“With five rounds to go our focus is to achieve better results than the two guys ahead of me in the standings so we can keep closing the gap to them.”

The next two round of the race series will take place in Ohio on August 2 and 3.