MOTORSPORT: Harvey races to second podium place of the season in Alabama

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Bassingham single-seater racing driver Jack Harvey secured his second Indy Lights podium finish of the season in Alabama last Sunday.

The result meant that the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) driver maintained third place in the 2014 Championship standings.

Jack headed to Alabama after a strong fourth place finish at Long Beach for rounds three and four of the championship. The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver endured a tough qualifying session on the Friday. Having hoped to qualify in the top three, he struggled a bit for pace and had to settle for fifth on the grid.

When the race went green on Saturday morning, there was trouble from the first corner when Chaves and Baron came together, shuffling both drivers to the back of the field. Jack kept his nose clean and continued on in third place.

He pushed on hard throughout the race and after 30 laps of racing took the chequered flag and his second podium of the season.

For race two, Jack had qualified in P4. The young Brit made a solid start and his race pace was strong in the opening laps. However, a small tyre problem in the latter stages of the race meant that he dropped down to P5 by the time he crossed the finish line.

Jack said it had been an encouraging weekend: “It’s great to be leaving Alabama with another podium finish. It also means we head into the next race still maintaining third in the championship which is a good position to be in.

The next round of the Indy Cart support series is this weekend at the world famous home of the Indianapolis 500 race.

Jack said: “Indianapolis which is a pretty special track. I’m really looking forward to racing there as it’s got a lot of history. Hopefully we can build on this weekend’s result and secure another podium finish.”