MOTOR RACING: Harvey tops the podium in Mid-Ohio double header

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Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey had the race weekend of his career in Mid-Ohio at the weekend – setting two pole positions, two fastest laps and securing two race wins in the Indy Lights series double header.

It was the Indy Lights rookie driver’s first victories in the championship and saw Racing Steps Foundation-backed Jack climb to second in the standings, just 18 points off the current leader with three rounds to go.

In the 10 rounds of the championship contested so far, Jack has been on the podium a staggering eight times.

He delivered a flawless performance all weekend, comfortably qualifying in pole position for both races.

He dominated the first race of the weekend from the start, pulling away with ease and was consistently six 10ths of a second per lap faster than any other car on track, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 27 on his way to a commanding victory. He took the chequered flag 17 seconds ahead of second placed Gabby Chaves.

Following a crash and full caution on track in race two on Sunday, Jack timed his restart perfectly and began to pull away from the field, lapping half a second a lap quicker than the rest.

By half way, he was already five seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Despite having a comfortable lead, he kept pushing throughout the race and went on to set the fastest lap on lap 35. After 40 laps of racing the young Brit took his second chequered flag and victory, 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.

Jack said it had been an incredible weekend’s racing: “We knew that a race win was long overdue but to do it in such a dominant fashion is an amazing feeling. The car was absolutely fantastic all weekend and these two wins are a real team effort as everyone at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has worked incredibly hard all season.

“It really was the most amazing weekend but now we turn our focus to the last few races of the season. The championship remains our goal, and with three rounds to go it’s all to play for. We head to Wisconsin next, which is another oval track. We’ve been strong at ovals all season so will be pushing for another race win.

“The final race of the year at Sonoma is a similar track to Mid-Ohio so we will be aiming to end the year on a high.”