BASSINGHAM Formula Three racer driver Jack Harvey suffered a difficult couple of days at Snetterton in the latest rounds of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 Championship last weekend.
Jack suffered an engine misfire in qualifying on Saturday which meant he had to start race one right down the order in 16th and had the difficult task of trying to fight his way through the midfield at a circuit on which it is difficult to overtake.
The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver got a good start in his Carlin car and managed to leapfrog two cars off the line. But the cars in front of him were not so quick to start and Jack found himself boxed in. An accident on lap six elevated Jack up to P13 but he finally crossed the finish line in 15th.
For the sprint race on Sunday, Jack again lined up on the grid in 16th place. Making a lightning start off the line, he gained one place heading into turn one and gained a further three places at turn two.
But as Jack went into the apex a rival spun towards him and he had nowhere to go and was hit from the side, forcing his retirement.
Jack began the third and final race of the weekend in 16th once more and soon gained a couple of places before eventually finishing 12th.
Jack said: “This weekend was really tough and we struggled with the balance of the car which affected my pace throughout the weekend. On these types of track, grid position is really important so having an engine misfire in qualifying and only being able to qualify in 16th meant we faced an uphill struggle from the start.
“At the end of the day I will take away the positives from the weekend, which were my starts in all the races. I made up a number of places in all of the races but now we need to focus on our qualifying pace.”