Harvey Crowned Italian Open Champion



22/07/07

British karting star, Jack Harvey, continued his domination of the European KF3 (JICA) class by claming his second continental title at the weekend when he won the Italian Open Masters Championship title at the Vibrata circuit.

The 14-year-old factory Maranello Kart driver, who is still the reigning British Junior and Kartmasters Grand Prix champion, added the Italian Championship -- renowned as one of the toughest in karting -- to his Margutti Trophy win earlier in the season, adding weight to his title as the best KF3 class racer in the world and one of the hottest rising stars of the karting arena.

"It feels fantastic to have taken the Italian Open Championship," said Jack. "I went into the weekend on a high after the European Championship qualifiers and my intention was to win. The whole team has worked so hard for this and everything went right this weekend," he added.

In qualifying, the Bassingham in Lincolnshire based racer had set the fourth fastest time in his group, which put him tenth overall out of the 53-kart field. In the opening heat he started from sixth place and worked his way up to second. In the second and third heats he started from fifth and put in superb drives to win them both, giving him a front row starting position for the first of the two finals.

At the start of the first final Jack was forced wide on the opening lap and dropped back to eighth place. A fantastic drive back through the field allowed him to claim second place at the chequered flag, while his closest title rivals failed to break into the top points scoring places.
In the second all-important final he was once again forced out of his front row position on the opening lap. This meant he had to carve his way back through the field with an impressive drive up to fourth place.

Despite his rivals being a long way behind him and a podium position within sight over the closing stages, Jack kept his concentration on the Italian Open title and took the welcome fourth place and the championship.

"We came here to win the title and I had some pace in reserve in case I needed to fight hard at the end. But, the championship was more important than charging for a podium result today," said Jack. "It's what the whole team has been working for throughout the season and I wanted to win it for them as much as me."

"It's the first time that Maranello Kart has taken the KF3 category in Italy and I'm proud to have achieved that for them. I'm obviously really happy to have won a major title in my first year in Europe too. It puts me in a great position for the European finals in September, I'm going out there to continue this success," he added.

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