Harvey Heads Home With Italian Open Lead



22/04/07

Lincolnshire karting star, Jack Harvey, proved himself to be one of the top racers in Europe, as yet another victory moved him to the top of the points table at the latest round of the Italian Open Championship.

The factory Maranello Kart racer went into the latest round of the series with the aim of stepping onto the top step of the podium once again. In the process the 14-year-old moved into a commanding 23 point lead of the championship, as his main rivals failed to pick up good results over the course of the meeting.

Current British Junior Champion, Harvey, got his weekend off to a great start by setting the second fastest time in his group. However, a shunt in one of the heats, losing him several laps while he had his exhaust replaced, meant that he had to settle for a lower than expected starting position for the semi final on Sunday.

A fantastic drive from 21st on the grid to take seventh meant that he was in with a great chance to challenge for the win, as he lined up for the grand final on Sunday afternoon.
A demon start allowed him to move into third place as the field headed into the first corner. But, a mistake meant that he had to concede a handful of places later in the lap. Jack got his head down and immediately began picking off his rivals to put him back in contention for the lead within a handful of laps.

With just a few laps left to run he managed to take the lead, only for his rival to grab it back again a lap later. With only two laps to go, Jack fought back straight away at the next corner and retook the lead to claim his second outright victory in the championship and a place at the head of the standings.

"I came out to Ugento with the aim of taking the lead of the championship and it's exactly what we've been able to achieve," said Jack. "We took a couple of risks on strategy in the early part of the weekend, especially on tyres and it paid off at exactly the right time, as I had plenty of grip in the final and I was able to push really hard right from the start."

"I'm really happy to be leading the championship. It's been a great start to the season for me so far and the team is working so hard to give me the best kart possible to go out and win races on. There is still a long way to go, but everything is working well so far and I just want to keep on picking up more race wins," he added.

Jack will now have a two week break before he returns to mainland Europe, for the next round of the Winning Series of Karting (WSK) Championship at the La Conca circuit, once again in southern Italy.

Italian Open Masters - Championship Points:
1 Jack Harvey 68
2 Matteo Vigano 45
3 Miguel Villalba 45
4 Petro Suvanto 43
5 Gomez Cunill 40
6 Jordan Chamberlain 33

Birthday Boy Harvey Takes Another Victory In WSK



15/04/07

Karting star Jack Harvey racked up another race victory in European competition this weekend (April 14/15), when he won the first final at the latest round of the Winning Series of Karting (WSK) at the Zuera circuit in Spain.

The Bassingham based youngster, who turned 14 years-old during racing on Sunday, was again the man to beat in the KF3 class as the weekend got underway, taking pole position for the opening heat in the timed qualifying session.

A change of engine, saving his best for the finals on Sunday, meant that he struggled for outright power in the heats. However, he still managed to take two third places, putting him on the second row for the first final on Sunday morning and in a great position to narrow the gap to the series leaders in the points battle.

A scrappy first final meant that the factory Maranello Kart racer was forced to work hard over the 12 lap race. At the start, Jack lost the lead to one of his rivals and had to put in a fantastic drive to get back onto terms as they crossed the line for the final lap. With just a handful of corners left to go, his rival left a gap and Jack forced his way through, picking up another race victory in the European series.

"It was great to take pole-position," said Jack. "It was my first in major competition since cadets and the win in the opening final was hard work. I had to reel the leader in and he started to defend his line as we started the last lap, but he left a gap and it was all I needed to see to go for it."

In the grand final Jack struggled from a lack of bottom end power but was able to battle through the 12-laps to take fourth place and grab enough points to move him up into fourth in the championship, with three more rounds left to run.

"I obviously wanted to win again in the second final, but I just didn't quite have enough to stay on terms with the leaders, but it's been a good weekend for us. The Maranello Kart guys are working incredibly hard and the results are good and keep moving me up in the points," he added.

Jack now has just a couple of days to celebrate his birthday before heading back out to Ugento in Italy for the second round of the Italian Open Championship, where he currently lies second in the points and will be aiming to move up one place.

"I can't wait for Ugento next weekend," he said. "It will be another new track for me and hopefully I can come away from there leading the Italian Championship."

Winning Series Of Karting (WSK) -- KF3 Class
Championship Points
1 Alessandro Kouzkin (I) 71
2 Vainio Aaro (Fin) 63
3 Matteo Vigano (I) 53
4 Jack Harvey (GB) 51
5 Matteo Beretta (I) 36
6 Simone Favaro (I) 25