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Donington double gives Harvey British F3 crown

by Peter Allen

Photo: Jakob Ebrey/RSF

Racing Steps driver comes from behind and overhauls rivals Jaafar and Serralles to become first home British F3 champion for six years…

Jack Harvey has won the British Formula Three title after two lights-to-flag wins at the season finale at Donington Park. Harvey entered the weekend third in the standings and six points off the lead. He topped qualifying, taking what would prove to be two crucial pole positions. He converted the first of those into victory to cut the gap to leader and Carlin teammate Jazeman Jaafar to just one point after the Malaysian came home second.

In the reverse grid race Harvey finished sixth while Jaafar retired in a first-lap collision. That put the Brit in charge coming into race three, with a three point lead over Fortec’s rookie Felix Serralles and five over Jaafar. Harvey again led from pole to the finish to secure the title and become the first British winner of the national title since Mike Conway in 2006.

It was an up and down season for the Racing Steps Foundation driver, his second year in the category after coming ninth in his rookie campaign in 2011. Prior to that he was pipped to the Formula BMW Europe title by Robin Frijns. Having achieved his goal for this year, a move to Formula Renault 3.5 or GP2 is on the cards, although a switch to the new-look GP3 also shouldn’t be entirely ruled out.