Harvey misses out on 'O' PLate glory but heads to Margutti on a high

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Lincolnshire karting ace Jack Harvey heads out to his second International meeting of the season, the Margutti Trophy at the Parma circuit in Italy next week and he is determined to bring home his first silverware of 2007, by the end of the prestigious event.

13-year-old Lincoln Minster School pupil heads to the track early next week for some intensive testing prior to the one-off event. After setting competitive times at the JICA 'O' plate meeting at the Three Sisters circuit near Wigan this weekend, he knows that the pace of the Maranello Kart chassis is exactly where he needs it to be to get him the results he wants.

A superb turn of pace at the Lancashire venue meant that Jack was able to blitz the rest of the JICA class in the semi-final to line up on pole-position for the final and a chance to carry the 'O' plate in UK competition throughout the 2007 season.

However, as he went into the opening corner he was collected by a rival and was forced onto the grass, effectively ending his challenge. A great drive back from the rear of the field to 11th place was his reward. But, he knows that he had the pace to take the win and intends to carry it forward to Italy next weekend in the KF3 (Formally JICA) class.

"I was definitely fast enough to win the final this weekend," said Jack. "The kart was quick all weekend and from pole I certainly had the opportunity of taking a win at Three Sisters. It was frustrating to not get a chance to race and get taken out instead," he added.

"The Margutti Trophy is one of the big one-off meetings of the early season and I am going over there with the intention of bringing back a trophy," he said. "The Maranello Kart has been working really hard on getting everything right on the kart and getting as much pace as possible before the Italian championships get underway."

"I want to go out and show everyone what we can do at this level and stepping onto the podium is the perfect way to do that, especially at such a high profile event," he added.

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Tough start for Harvey at Winter Cup


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Lincolnshire karting champion Jack Harvey got his international season off to a frustrating start in the one-off 'Winter Cup' at the Lonato circuit in Italy at the weekend.

The current Junior British Champion struggled with the new engines that the Maranello Team were using over the course of the meeting and he started the weekend on the back foot in terms of outright pace.

However, hard work by the team mean that by the end of the weekend Jack was right at the sharp end with regards to lap times, which allowed him to challenge his rivals in the final on Sunday.

A great drive in the opening race allowed him to move up from 14th to sixth place, giving him a sixth row starting position for the grand final. He lost a couple of places at the start when he was caught up with another racer crashing in front of him.

A superb run over the middle part of the race meant that he was able to climb back into the top ten, setting some of the fastest lap times of the weekend. Unfortunately, another incident in the closing stages dropped him back out of contention and he had to settle for 14th place at the flag.

An upbeat Jack was left frustrated by his finishing position, but happy with his and the kart's pace by the end of the weekend.

"Obviously I'm disappointed to finish where I did, especially in my first proper European event," he said. "But, we thought at the start of the week that we were going to struggle on pace against the other teams. But, we worked hard over the course of the meeting and I'm really happy with the speed we had by the time we got to the finals on Sunday," he added.

"If we can take this pace forward to the rest of the races and keep moving forwards then we'll be in good shape for the championship races later in the year," he added.

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Harvey takes second podium place at PF International...

Reigning British Junior Karting Champion Jack Harvey took another step forward in his pre-season racing preparations this weekend, with a second visit to the podium in as many meetings, on his new Maranello Kart chassis at the PF International circuit. The 13-year-old Lincoln Minster School pupil, once again showed he has the pace to take on the best in Europe this season, by setting the fastest lap of the final on the very last lap, as he came home third on the road from an eighth place starting position.

The Maranello Kart UK squad put its full weight behind Harvey for the meeting and constantly made improvements to the set-up of the kart over the weekend, allowing him to put in some superb drives through the field after being shoved off the track in the two heats.
"It's been another great weekend for us," said Jack. "The team worked really well to tweak the kart and keep moving us forward on lap-times. It's good to be able to repay them with another podium result, especially after we had to work hard for it in the heats and again in the final," he added.

In the opening heat Jack was forced wide at the first corner and dropped back to 12th place from his front row starting position. A fantastic drive by the youngster allowed him to take third place at the chequered flag.

In heat two he got caught up in two other racers' accident, tapping him into a spin on the grass, dropping him right to the tail of the field. A solid drive, setting a handful of laps faster than the runners at the head of the pack were putting in, allowed him to make up a couple of places and claim eighth on the grid for the final.

A great start meant that he ended the first lap in fourth place. A stunning pass at the first hairpin a few laps later, moved him up from fourth to second in one move. However, the team had opted for a set-up that would allow him to have more pace in the closing stages of the race and he dropped back to third as his rivals pushed hard.

Over the closing four laps Jack managed to set the fastest laps of the race, ending the final lap with his quickest time.

"We went for a set-up that would bring the kart into its peak in the second half of the race, but it came in just a couple of laps too late really," said Jack afterwards. "When it all hooked up I was able to turn the times in really easily and I closed in on the guy in front but I could have done with a couple of more laps."

"We're still treating these races as testing though, so it's good to know that we can get the kart to do what we want and still have the pace to run right at the sharp end. I'm really happy with the team and the kart and I definitely can't wait until my championship season gets going properly," he added.