MOTOR RACING: Harvey secures first GP3 victory at Silverstone

Jack Harvey celebrates his first GP3 Series victory at Silverstone.

Jack Harvey celebrates his first GP3 Series victory at Silverstone.

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Bassingham single-seat racing driver Jack Harvey took a dominant GP3 victory in his home race at Silverstone on Saturday.

The support race to the British F1 Grand Prix was the British F3 champion’s maiden win in the ultra-competitive race series.

Saturday morning saw one of the closest qualifying sessions of the year. Jack was quickest for most of the session until, with minutes to spare and on fresh tyres, Korjus snatched pole position by just 0.055 seconds.

When the cars lined up for the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, Jack made a lightning start, taking the lead from Korjus into turn one. The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver immediately began to pull out a gap on the Koiranen GP driver and by lap five had built up a gap of four seconds.

One lap later, the safety car was brought out to deal with a heavy crash between Kujala and Fumanelli. On lap 11, the safety car went back in and the race was green flagged again. At the restart, Jack put in a series of fast laps and pulled out a three second gap over the rest of the field after just a handful of laps.

In control of the race from start to finish, he took the chequered flag after 15 laps of racing, also claiming the fastest lap of the race.

On Sunday morning, Jack lined up on row four in eighth position for the second race of the weekend. Making a good start, the MSA Team UK driver was up to P7 after just one corner.

Battling for position with sixth-placed driver Ellinas, the gap between the two drivers stayed consistent throughout the race as they matched each other on lap time, lap by lap. After 15 laps of racing, Jack crossed the finish line in seventh place to secure a further two points, moving him up to fifth place in the championship.

Jack said: “It’s always a special feeling to win a race but this weekend’s race win was made all the more special that it was my first GP3 win and it happened at my home race.

“The team have done a fantastic job all weekend and the results show this. We had a tough start to the season so it’s great for the whole team to finally get the result we deserve.”

The next round of the GP3 Series is this weekend when Jack will be back in race action at one of his favourite circuits – the Nurburgring in Germany.

Jack said: “It’s a track I like. It’s where I got my first British F3 win, so we go there with the aim of building on this weekend’s results and moving further up the championship standings.”