MOTOR RACING: Harvey records two more second place Indy Lights finishes

Jack Harvey receives some monetary reward for qualifing in pole position at Long Beach, California.
Jack Harvey receives some monetary reward for qualifing in pole position at Long Beach, California.
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Bassingham single-seat racing driver Jack Harvey added a further two second place finishes to his Indy Lights tally this season; this time at the challenging Barber Motorsports Park circuit in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver had a strong start to the weekend, posting the fourth quickest times in Friday’s two practice sessions.

Friday afternoon’s electrifying qualifying saw a constant shuffling of lap times throughout the 40-minute session. Jack continued to improve his lap times around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn circuit, but was just pipped to pole position in the dying moments of the session by Spencer Pigot.

On Saturday afternoon, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver lined up in P2 on the grid. He made a textbook start and maintained second on the opening lap. He put in a series of strong lap times, but pole-sitter Pigot proved hard to catch, and after 30 laps of racing JAck crossed the finish line in P2, securing another 25 championship points.

Sunday afternoon saw Jack take to the track in second position for the final race of the weekend. He made another perfect start, but the tight and twisty road circuit allowed for very few overtaking opportunities. He pushed hard throughout the race, but after 35 laps of hard racing had to settle for another second place finish.

Jack said: “Overall I think it’s been a solid weekend. But we’re still pushing hard for that first win.

“I’m pretty happy with the result considering I was racing with a fractured thumb all weekend.”

Jack’s previous race meeting saw him headed to Long Beach, California, on the back of two second-place finishes in the opening rounds of the Indy Lights 2015 Championship in St Petersburg.

Not only did he secure pole position for Sunday’s race, he shattered the existing lap record by almost a full second.

However, Jack’s race was over in seconds on Sunday morning when he was hit by another car on turn one of the opening lap. He nursed his car back to the pits and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team set about trying to repair it. They did manage to get him back out on track, albeit a full five laps down so he was never going to be in contention.

Jack said it was a disappointing end to a brilliant race weekend. He said: “I didn’t even get the chance to complete one lap before my race was over.

“Although I am extremely disappointed we can look to the positives; that our qualifying pace was extremely good, and before I was hit we were all set for a race win.”

Jack lies third overall in the championship with 112 points, 17 behind leader Pigot. Ex-Formula One driver Max Chilton is behind Jack in fourth place.