Jack Harvey has closed the gap in the championship standings with a dominant win for Carlin in race one of the weekend at Donington to jump to second in the points table. The Racing Steps backed driver took a lights to flag victory ahead of team mate Jazeman Jaafar who retains the championship lead by one point. Pietro Fantin put in an impressive performance to finish sixth, while Harry Tincknell crossed the line in eighth.

Starting from pole position, Harvey made the most of his grid slot and made the perfect getaway and was followed of the line by Jaafar, while third placed man and championship rival Felix Serralles dropped back from third to fourth behind Alex Lynn. Fantin lost one place to Hannes van Asseldonk and dropped to sixth, while Tincknell had held onto eighth.

Over the opening laps, Harvey managed to pull out a small gap, while Jaafar initially had Lynn in his mirrors. Fantin was also having to defend, with Pipo Derani putting him under pressure for sixth. Derani passed Fantin on lap two, but the Carlin man stayed close to the Fortec driver in a tussle that would prove the highlight of the race.

The order remained unchanged for several laps, as Harvey pulled out a three second gap on his team mate and Jaafar managed to ease the pressure with a gap from third placed Lynn.

Behind them Fantin was keen to make back sixth place, and was close enough to Derani down the straight to try a move at Redgate on lap 14. The Carlin driver couldn’t quite make a move stick though, and bided his time, slotting back into sixth place. On lap 16, Fantin’s perseverance paid off as he passed his compatriot for sixth place, while team mate Tincknell had also closed in on Derani.

As the race entered the final stages Harvey had opened up a healthy gap and was controlling the race at the front, while Jaafar was managing to keep Lynn at bay. Released from behind Derani, Fantin was flying and pulled away from the Fortec driver to set the third fastest lap of the race, while Tincknell was still running in eighth.

At the chequered flag Harvey took his sixth victory of the season by four seconds, Jaafar took a solid second place to maintain the championship lead by one point. Fantin crossed the line sixth and Tincknell eighth.

Speaking about his win, Harvey said, “I thought that was an important race to win, I know that sounds obvious but after Silverstone it was nice for me personally to go out there and do the job and eliminate any doubts people may have had. The team couldn’t have done any more, it was a great race. It’s a good result, but there’s still two more races to go and the reverse grid race will be very important, as it has been all year.”

Harvey pulled the number eight out of the bag for tomorrow’s reverse grid race, meaning Tincknell will start from pole, Fantin will start third, Jaafar seventh and Harvey eighth.