MOTOR RACING: GP3 racer Harvey toughs it out at Spa

Jack Harvey.  World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service
Jack Harvey. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service
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Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey endured a tough weekend in Spa for the latest round of the GP3 Series. Despite a strong qualifying session on Saturday morning, he was forced to retire from both races.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver had another strong qualifying session, setting the fifth quickest lap time ahead of Saturday afternoon’s feature race.

When the lights went out for the first race of the weekend, Jack got off to a great start and was up to fourth.

Contact at La Source between Josh Webster and Emanuele Zonzini brought out the safety car. At the restart, Jack was glued to the back of third-placed Carlos Sainz Jnr and spent the opening laps of the race looking for a way past the Spaniard.

On lap nine, he made a move on Sainz and got ahead of the MW Arden driver, but as he moved over to defend his position, there was contact and both cars were forced to retire from the race.

Jack started race two from the back of the grid but the MSA Team UK driver made a brilliant start and was up to P16 by the end of lap one. Unfortunately he was forced to retire after suffering an engine problem.

Jack said: “We came to Spa on the back of three fantastic race weekends, where we had moved up to third place in the standings, so it’s definitely disappointing to be coming away from Spa without any points.

“I really appreciate all the hard work the team put in; working all the way through Saturday night to get the car fixed for Sunday’s race. However we now just need to draw a line under this weekend and look ahead.”

Jack will be action again next weekend for the seventh round of the championship at Monza.