October, 02 2012
British teenager Jack Harvey joined a select group of racing greats when he was crowned the 2012 British Formula 3 Champion at Donington Park at the weekend.
Jim Clark, Nelson Piquet, Mika Hakkinen, Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Rubens Barrichello and Jackie Stewart are all past winners of the respected championship, which has its revered roots back in the early 1950s.
To add yet more luster to his championship victory, the Racing Steps Foundation driver becomes the first Brit since Mike Conway in 2006 to take home the British F3 title.
“Some of the best people in motorsport have won this,” said Harvey, who secures the title in only his second year in the championship.
“It’s everything we have worked towards. I’m almost speechless and I don’t really know what to say. It’s been a fantastic effort by the team and we delivered when we needed to.”
Harvey can look back on a consistently strong championship in which he has never dropped out of the top three, has won seven races and displayed a maturity and cool head beyond his years.
And all Harvey’s skills where duly called upon at this weekend’s Donington Park, where the 19-year-old soaked up massive pressure from Alex Lynn and Jazeman Jaafar to win two out of three races.
Taking full advantage of his pole start in race one Harvey quickly opened up a 2.5 second gap to eventually run out winner. Starting in eighth position of the reverse grid in Saturday’s second race, Harvey crossed the line in sixth. Harvey had to wait until the following day and the third race, which he dominated from the pole to the checkered flag, to seal the championship.
“I have joined a select group. This should give us some confidence of where we can end up in the future. To win Formula 3 is a great thing to have on your CV, and we have achieved it.”
The smart money will be on Harvey becoming a Formula 1 world champion like fellow British Formula 3 club members Senna and Hakkinen. Watch this space!