Jack Harvey is the 2012 Champion of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series - the first British victor for six years. The Lincolnshire 19-year-old clinched the crown this evening at Donington Park with a near-faultless win in the final round having led all the way from pole position.
Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver Harvey is the Carlin team’s fifth successive champion and also ended his season with the most race victories of all: seven.
“This means the world to me,” said Jack on the victory podium. “The way Silverstone went for me a couple of weeks ago was really bad, so I came away from there feeling a bit deflated. To finish on top here is just magic.
“Carlin have been incredible. Everybody just presumes that we have good drivers but it’s the team that’s the best - they have the best people at this level and the next few above. The team worked so hard for me and this is for them.”
Team boss Trevor Carlin paid fulsome tribute to his charge: “Jack did a great job - everything he had to do. There was a lot of pressure on him and I’m very proud of him.”
Harvey took command of the race at the outset and, despite intense pressure throughout from Fortec driver Alex Lynn, held on to win by 0.682s. His only scare came on lap 11 when he erred slightly at the chicane and Lynn seized a chance to outbrake the leader into the Melbourne hairpin. However the attempt, wreathed in tyre smoke, ended in failure.
“I was quite a bit quicker than Jack the whole race,” said Alex. “He made a mistake at the chicane so I tried to capitalise on it. It didn’t really work out. I think that was Jack’s only mistake and he thoroughly deserved to win.”
Another title contender, Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar, shadowed Harvey and Lynn to the end but could not match their pace. The Malaysian, who finishes championship runner-up, praised Harvey for his victory: “I’m not really disappointed; Jack was that little bit quicker than me all weekend - he did a sterling job.”
The other title hopeful, Fortec’s Felix Serralles, placed eighth after a disappointing race. The Puerto Rican held fifth for much of the race but faded in the closing eight laps. He takes third in the championship - an impressive feat for a rookie.
Harry Tincknell claimed fourth - and fifth in the championship to boot - after nipping past his team-mate Pietro Fantin at the Old Hairpin three laps from the end.
Hywel Lloyd claimed National class victory for CF Racing to complete a hat-trick of Donington class wins.
28 laps / 69.64 miles
Provisional results International class
1 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 39m 29.398s / 105.81mph
2 Alex LYNN / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +0.682s
3 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +4.712s
4 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +5.889s
5 Pipo DERANI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +6.894s
6 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +7.506s
7 Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +8.135s
8 Felix SERRALLES / PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +14.086s
9 Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +15.476s
10 Nick McBRIDE / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +15.947s
11 Geoff UHRHANE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +16.382s
1 Hywel LLOYD / GBR, CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda +1m 05.612s
2 Pedro Pablo CALBIMONTE / BOL, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda +1m 06.410s
3 Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda +1m 23.355s
4 Spike GODDARD / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda +1m 24.613s
Fastest lap Lynn 1m 23.766s / 106.89mph
Provisional final championship standings
1 Harvey 319 points; 2 Jaafar 306; 3 Serralles 299; 4 Lynn 253; 5 Tincknell 226; 6 Carlos Sainz 224; 7 Fantin 195; 8 Derani 146; 9 van Asseldonk 132; 10 McBride 85 etc
National class 1 Goddard 427; 2 Padayachee 377; 3 Adderly Fong 161; 4 Calbimonte 124; 5 Lloyd 61.
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