Harvey Heads To European Championship Showdown



27/08/07

Bassingham based karting star, Jack Harvey, heads to the Italian circuit of Sarno next weekend for what is probably the biggest race meeting of his career so far, the finals of the European Championship.

After a fantastic display of driving at the qualifying event in France back in July, where the reigning British and Italian champion dominated the podium and ended the weekend as top qualifier out of all three regions, Jack goes into the event as favourite for the European crown.

The Newark Steel backed factory Maranello Kart driver also goes into the meeting in great form after picking up his second Kartmasters Grand Prix title just two weeks ago, proving that he is at the top of his game before the biggest event on the KF3/JICA class calendar.

"I'm going out to Sarno with every intention to win," said Jack. "I've been looking forward to the European Finals all season. I entered for the first time last year and it was an eye opening experience. It's incredibly professional and the level of competition is massive. I can't wait to get out there," he added.

Despite having the 'favourite' tag hanging over him, Jack knows that the weekend will be full of pressure and that all of his rivals will be out to beat him over the course of the meeting. However, he is ready to rise to every challenge the event throws at him.

"I know that it's going to be an incredibly hard weekend," he said. "The very best drivers from right across Europe are there and all want the same thing that I do. The whole team has been working hard throughout the season and in the run up to this event."

"We took a podium result at Sarno right at the start of the year and we've been getting stronger and stronger as the season has gone on, so a good result is definitely possible. I will be going out and trying as hard as I can to be able to step onto the top step of the podium," he added.

Jack will take to the track on Thursday for the initial free practice session, before the qualifying and heats get underway on Saturday. The grand final takes place on Sunday afternoon.

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Harvey Reigns Supreme With Second Kartmasters Title



19/08/07

British and Italian kart champion, Jack Harvey, sealed his place in the record books by claiming the JICA class Kartmasters British Grand Prix at the PF International circuit over the course of the weekend (August 18/19).

The result gives the 14-year-old factory Maranello Kart racer his third title of the season and places him as firm favourite for the European Championship crown when it takes place early next month and marks him out as possibly the best JICA class racer in the world.

A frustrating start to the weekend meant that Jack had to work hard in the two finals on Sunday to be in with a chance to defend his Kartmasters title. In the first race, starting from 13th place, he charged up through the field and was able to capitalize on some of his rivals making errors to snatch victory, putting himself onto pole position for the grand final.

At the start of the main event Jack immediately set off with the same determination and speed that allowed him to win last year. However, throughout the race he came under immense pressure from two of his main rivals and had to work incredibly hard to set himself up for a fantastic last lap race to the flag.

As he entered the first hairpin on the circuit he dived up the inside to snatch the lead and drove a commanding final few corners to cross the line for his third title of the season.

"I'm incredibly happy to have won the Kartmasters title again," said Jack. "It's definitely one of the hardest events on the calendar, as everyone wants to win it. The team worked really hard and it was a tough race, a lot tougher than last year."

"We started the weekend with some frustrating results in the heats and from 13th I knew that it was going to be a hard fight to win again. But, everything just fell into place today. I came here with the intention of stepping onto the top step of the podium again and it's exactly what I've managed to do, so I'm really pleased. To win such a big event on my home track is really special too," he added.

Jack's performance over the course of the weekend meant that he was also given the Bruno Ferrari Memorial Award, for his impressive driving during the event.
Despite scoring his third major victory of the year, Jack has little time to relax, as he gears up for the biggest event of his career so far, the European Championship Finals in Sarno, Italy at the beginning of September.

"I can't wait for the European Championships now," he added. "I had such a good qualifying event for them and after the Italian Open Championship and now Kartmasters I want to keep the momentum going and try and take what is really the biggest prize in the JICA/KF3 class. I'm definitely going back out to Italy next month with that as my goal, for sure."