MOTOR RACING: Harvey maintains third place in US Indy Lights series

Jack Harvey on track at Long Beach, USA.
Jack Harvey on track at Long Beach, USA.
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Bassingham single-seater racing driver Jack Harvey maintained his third place in the 2014 Indy Lights Championship following a strong fourth place finish at last weekend’s race on the streets of Long Beach, California.

The Indy Lights rookie had a challenging qualifying session but still managed to secure sixth place on the grid in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) car.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver made another solid start to the race, moving up to fifth at the rolling start.

He continued to push hard throughout the race and when Alex Baron out-braked himself at turn nine in the closing stages of the race, Jack was able to snatch fourth place.

After 45 laps of racing, Jack crossed the finish line still in fourth to secure a further 32 championship points.

Jack said it had been a mixed weekend: “Fourth place is a good result, especially as we’re still third in the championship, but we lacked the pace of the front-runners so it was tough to challenge for a podium finish.”

The next round of the Indy Lights series take places at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend.

Jack said: “I’m looking forward to heading to Barber. We tested there at the beginning of the year so it will be good to race at a track where I’ve already had some track time.”

Jack began his motor racing career as a youngster in karts, racing on tracks like Fulbeck and Brandon, and went on to win every championship he ever contested.

His achievements include winning the British F3 Championship two years ago and finishing runner-up in the Formula BMW Europe Championship in 2010.