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Jack Harvey - British F3 ChampionReigning Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Champion Jack Harvey has today, Friday, 14th December, been confirmed as the official Sean Walkinshaw Racing (SWR) driver coach for the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship.

Lincolnshire 19-year-old Harvey, one of the country’s most highly rated FIA Formula One World Championship aspirants, enjoyed a tremendously successful second season in British Formula 3 this year with seven race victories and five other podiums en-route to the prestigious title win.

Aiming to deliver the most professional presence possible in the F4 paddock, the appointment of Harvey as the SWR driver coach underlines the Chipping Norton team’s incredibly high standards and desire to hit the ground running when the 2013 season commences in late April.

“Whenever I’ve spoken with the team over the last few weeks it always comes across just how much they want to do the best job possible, everything is very professional”, said Harvey, “I take a lot of pride in the fact SWR has asked me to be part of the team as driver coach and I really am confident we can hit the ground running when the cars are ready and we’re able to go testing.

“Everything I do, I want to do it to the best of my ability and that’s no different whether I’m on track racing myself or working with SWR in F4. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be able to be at the front straight away, it will be very challenging but everything is in place at SWR to succeed.”

SWR will run two cars in the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 season from its West Oxfordshire facilities with the team headed by vastly experienced motorsport professionals Ken Page, team principal, and Mick Gomme, commercial manager.

“We’re obviously delighted to have a racer of Jack’s quality as our official driver coach, his record speaks for itself and as the British F3 Champion his knowledge and experience will be a massive bonus for any young driver racing with SWR in 2013”, commented Page.

“Our aim is to build the most professional team we can, with the highest standards of quality, and Jack is an integral part of that. We’re very much looking forward to working closely with him next year in BRDC Formula 4.”

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the opening two rounds of the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship season over the weekend 27th/28th April. Drivers interested in racing with SWR should contact the team’s commercial manager, Mick Gomme, on 0845 4020402, 07702 669418 or by emailing Mick.Gomme@walkinshawperformance.co.uk

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Carlin’s race winning GP3 team embark on the first of two post-season GP3 tests this week, as the team head to Jerez in Spain for an official two day test. Fresh from the season finale a little over a month ago, which saw Antonio Felix da Costa fighting for the championship title, Carlin welcome 2012 British Formula Three Champion Jack Harvey to the cockpit as well as Formula Renault BARC runner-up Josh Webster and multiple Formula Ford race winner Eric Lichenstein.

2012 was Carlin’s most successful year in the championship to date taking four wins over the course of the year and finishing third overall in the team championship, Carlin now look ahead to the two day test in Jerez where they will bring two of their three cars to the circuit. British driver Webster will be in the car for the total duration of the test while Lichenstein will drive on the first day before handing over to Harvey for the second.

The 2012 season saw 18 year-old Webster take an impressive five race wins in the Formula Renault BARC on his way to becoming Vice Champion. While Webster has experience of an F3 car following his participation in this year’s Masters of Formula Three at Zandvoort, this will be Webster’s first taste of a GP3 car and also his first visit to Jerez.

The first day of testing will see Formula Ford driver Lichenstein in the second car for his first GP3 experience. 18 year old Lichenstein had a stunning first year competing in the EcoBoost UK Formula Ford Championship. The young Argentinian finished the season as the top rookie and won more races than any other driver, with 11 victories in total.

Taking over from him on the final day of testing will be 2012 British Formula Three Champion Jack Harvey. Harvey’s championship winning season with Carlin saw him take 13 podiums including seven wins to become the team’s fifth consecutive British F3 champion. Having spent the past two seasons with the British squad Harvey already knows the team well and has spent time in the factory since his championship win in preparation for this week’s test.

Looking ahead to the test, Josh Webster said, “It should be a great experience and completely different to the cars I’ve driven before but I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s my first time working with Carlin but I’ve been to the factory and I’m glad to be with an established and experienced team for this test.

“It’s also my first time in Jerez but I’ve been on the simulator to learn the track so I’m confident that I should be able to get to grips with the layout fairly quickly and start concentrating on the car.”

The two day test will span the 24th-25th October.

2012 British Formula Three Champions Carlin will be taking a total of six cars to the prestigious 59th Macau Grand Prix next month. Carlin will take the two most recent British F3 champions in the form of Jack Harvey and Felipe Nasr, and race winning F3 drivers Carlos Sainz Jnr and William Buller. Completing the team’s largest ever showing at the blue riband event will be GP3 front runners Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt.

Making his racing debut at Macau this year will be newly crowned British F3 champion Harvey, who sealed the 2012 title following an impressive double victory at Donington last month. The Racing Steps backed driver will be looking to carry the momentum from his season into the 59th edition of the Grand Prix.

“It’s great to go to Macau as the British F3 Champion,” says Harvey. “I went last year with Carlin to experience the atmosphere however I wasn’t racing so I can’t wait to get in the car this year. It’s possibly one of the biggest and most important one off races we see on the single seater calendar so to be able to go there as the most recent British F3 Champion means a lot to me. To take the win on my first visit would be extremely tough however I’m going to be pushing hard to finish my season on a high!”

Harvey’s team mate Sainz Jnr will race with Carlin in Macau for the first time in November, although the 18 year-old Spaniard raced on the challenging street circuit with another team in 2011. The Red Bull Junior, who has seen an initially promising season plagued with bad luck and incidents, is aiming to get back to his race winning ways and show his potential in Macau this year.

Sainz’s Formula 3 Euro Series team mate Buller is also Macau bound with Carlin. The Northern Irishman, who has been a race winner in both F3 and GP3 this season will be making his third visit, and is aiming to improve on sixth place in last year’s incident strewn race.

Making a return to Carlin’s F3 squad will be 2011 British F3 champion Nasr, who finished second in both last year’s Qualifying Race and Macau Grand Prix last year. Despite having moved up to GP2 this season, the Brazilian racer still feels there is unfinished business around the Guia circuit.

“I’m very happy to be returning to Macau with Carlin,” said Nasr. “We were quick last year so I’m very excited to be joining the team again for this race. It’s going to be a challenge for me after a year of GP2 where the cars are more powerful and will probably take a little while to get used to but I’m really looking forward to it because it’s such a special race.

“Winning at Macau has been a goal of mine since the start of my career so I’m going to push hard for this race and go for the win!”

Also in the mix in the Volkswagen powered Carlin Dallaras will be GP3 front runners da Costa and Abt. Both drivers have raced wheel to wheel this season, with da Costa challenging for the GP3 title with Carlin, and Abt creating a thrilling season finale to finish just two points shy of eventual champion Mitch Evans. Both drivers have shown fantastic ability this season to lead from the front and fight their way through the field, which could be important in the typically incident packed Macau street races. Both drivers have experience of Macau, with da Costa suffering the misfortune of a broken first gear after qualifying second for last year’s event.

Trevor Carlin added, “Macau is an extremely important event on the motorsport calendar and one that is fondly remembered by all drivers who have competed there. With only the new 2012 F3 cars eligible for entry into Macau this year, it was more important than ever to support the event with a strong line-up to allow it continue as a highlight of junior motorsport for many years to come. With our 2012 team we have one of our best line-ups ever and the potential to produce a classic Macau Grand Prix.”

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.

Jack Harvey has shown his intentions ahead of this weekend’s Cooper Tires British F3 championship battle by taking pole positions for race one and three of the weekend at Donington. The Racing Steps driver will be joined on the front row for race one later this afternoon by Jazeman Jaafar, whose second fastest lap was second quickest. The Malaysian was third fastest overall, putting him third on the grid for Sunday’s Feature race, while Pietro Fantin was fifth overall and Harry Tincknell sixth.

Despite some grey clouds overhead, conditions remained dry for this afternoon’s qualifying session. Jaafar, Tincknell and Harvey were all pace setters in the very early stages of qualifying, until Fortec’s Serralles went quickest ten minutes into the session.

Harvey was one of the first drivers to pit for new tyres with 20 minutes still remaining and entered the pits from P2 on the timing screens. Tincknell also favoured a similar strategy pitting just as Harvey returned to the track. Points leader Jaafar meanwhile stayed out longer than his team mates, and instead pitted with 15 minutes still to go.

Making the most of his new tyres, Harvey was soon back up to pace and took provisional pole just 0.005 seconds quicker than Serralles with 12 minutes to go. Jaafar was still a few laps behind him in his tyre cycle and remained fourth overall.

Running a similar strategy to Harvey, Tincknell was on the pace and went quickest, but Harvey bettered his time with his next lap. With eight minutes still on the clock Jaafar improved, as did Fortec’s Alex Lynn to go second and separate Harvey and Jaafar on the timing screens.

In his Racing Steps Foundation liveried car, Harvey was still improving and went quicker again to confirm his place at the top, while Jaafar was third and Tincknell fifth although the Devon born racer was in the pits with suspected damage. Fantin meanwhile was seventh.

As the tyres passed their optimum level of performance Harvey’s effort would remain unbeaten, with the Carlin man setting several laps good enough for pole. With the drivers fastest laps overall setting the grid for race three, Harvey will take pole with Jaafar just behind him in third. Fantin improved in the final stages and will start fifth while Tincknell will start sixth.

With driver’s second fastest laps setting the grid for race one later today, Harvey will again take pole, alongside team mate Jaafar in second, Fantin in fifth and Tincknell in eighth.

Reflecting on his session Harvey said, “It’s a good start for us, it’s nice to bounce back after the controversy of Silverstone, having won the appeal and to take two poles here. I’m focussing on carrying that momentum into the races. Obviously this is just the first part of the story, but we’ve done the best we could so far.”

Team mate Jaafar added, “There’s still some room for improvement but we’re pretty close. There’s three long races ahead of us. I’m just taking it one race at a time. We’ll see where we are at the end.”

Race one of the weekend will take place at 17.10 later today.

Carlin’s Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar were the pace setters in today’s official testing at Donington, ahead of the 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series finale this weekend. The Carlin men were separated by just 0.093 seconds, as they topped the timesheets ahead of their main championship rival Felix Serralles. Carlin’s Pietro Fantin also completed a strong test and was fourth fastest overall and second fastest in this afternoon’s damp session, while team mate Harry Tincknell was eighth fastest overall.

Following news that his team had won an appeal against his 30-second time penalty from race two at Silverstone, Harvey was in a confident mood heading to Donington this week. The Racing Steps backed driver was relegated from second place to 12th, after it was deemed he had caused a collision with Fortec’s Pipo Derani on the opening lap of the reserve grid race at the last event at Silverstone. The penalty reversal means the standings are now closer than ever, as Jaafar leads the standings by three points from Fortec’s Serralles, who is a further three points ahead of Harvey.

As the Carlin quartet of Jaafar, Harvey, Fantin and Tincknell began a detailed test programme at Donington this morning, it was Serralles who set the early pace and was quickest 15 minutes into the session. However, points leader Jaafar put his mark on the session to go quickest with 15 minutes remaining before his team mate and championship rival bettered his effort with a 1.23.156. Both efforts remained unbeaten, with Harvey finishing the session quickest, just 0.093 seconds ahead of Jaafar, with Serralles third and Fantin fourth, while Tincknell was eighth.

After time to digest data gathered from the first session of the day, the British F3 drivers were back on track for second practice. Again Serralles was the early pace setter, but this time the onset of rain prevented the Carlin drivers from improving. The session continued without too much excitement and in damp conditions and at the chequered flag Serralles was quickest, just ahead of Fantin, although Harvey and Jaafar’s best times from the morning session remained unbeaten.

Pace setter Harvey said, “It’s been quite a good day for us, I was quickest in the dry and around P3 in the wet conditions with a good balance on the car. We’ve got a bit of time to find in the wet to be completely happy, but we’re certainly going in the right direction. It’s been a positive test and I think we can be relatively happy whatever the weather does now this weekend, as long as we’re on the right tyres at the right time! We’re in good shape to fight for the championship.”

Team mate and points leader Jaafar added, “It’s been a good start to the weekend, we’ve definitely got good pace, although the weather was a bit of a challenge this afternoon. Nevertheless I think we’ll have a strong pace in the wet and the dry. I can’t wait to go out for qualifying on Saturday, which is when the lap times will really mean something.”

The British F3 drivers will have a day of rest to contemplate the season finale, before qualifying gets underway at 12.20 local time on Saturday.

British F3The 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series reaches its climax this weekend, as the season draws to a close at Donington with a three way fight for the title. Fighting the corner for Carlin will be Jazeman Jaafar and Jack Harvey, who will be hoping to beat Fortec’s Felix Serralles to take Carlin’s fifth consecutive British F3 title.

A dramatic last round at Silverstone saw the fortunes of the championship contenders turned around, following a penalty strewn weekend for Harvey and strong results for Jaafar and Serralles. A total of three penalties for Harvey saw the Racing Steps man drop from points leader to the third in the standings, while Jaafar left the Northamptonshire track with a six point lead over Serralles.

The situation at Silverstone was complicated further due to an appeal over Harvey’s race two incident with Serralles’ team mate Pipo Derani, in which the Carlin man was served a 30 second penalty after being handed the blame for contact with Derani on the opening lap. That penalty saw Harvey lose a second place and 19 points, which temporarily handed the title lead back to Serralles. An appeal hearing on Wednesday will bring the case to a conclusion.

Turning attentions to Donington, Jaafar and Harvey will have their eyes firmly fixed on the 2012 crown, while team mates Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin will be fighting to elevate their championship positions. Carlos Sainz Jnr will not race at Donington, as the Red Bull Junior will be racing at the clashing FIA European F3 Championship round in Valencia, where he is a close third in the championship standings.

Speaking about the weekend ahead, Jaafar said, “I’m feeling confident about this weekend, but I’m in the same mind set as I am before every race. I’m looking forward to the challenge but I’m sure the other competitors are as well. The weather could be a factor this weekend, and very different to when we tested there a few weeks ago. I’ve only raced at Donington once before but it’s not a track I dislike. Jack [Harvey] is definitely going to be quick there, but I’m not worrying about anyone else, I’m just concentrating on my own race.”

Team mate Harvey added, “I feel pretty good, I think being quickest at the test last week was a good thing, it’s a circuit that I have typically gone well at, more so than Silverstone. I know what I can achieve and I’m just focusing on that. We’re prepared for the situation off track, but to be honest I’m putting that to one side, and however the hearing turns out we’ll deal with what we’ve got. I’ve been in better situations going into a race weekend, but I’ve been in worse too. I’ve experienced a lot in my career, and this will all help me in the future. I’ve got nothing to lose this weekend, so I’ll be pushing hard to make every point count.”

Trevor Carlin added, “As we predicted at the start of the year, this has been a close championship and it looks like the result is going to go down to the wire. It’s good for British F3 that there’s been a battle between two teams for the title and the addition of TV coverage this weekend will bring additional publicity to the fight. Having won the championship for the last four seasons, it’s probably fair to say that Carlin aren’t the favourite to win, but that prejudice shouldn’t be placed on Jazeman or Jack, who have each put in a fantastic performance this season and deserve a shot at the title on their own merit.”

Jack Harvey has topped the official Cooper Tyres British Formula Three International Series pre-event Donington test this morning with the Carlin man being the one to beat for almost the entirety of the 3.5 hour test. Championship leader Jazeman Jaafar was also quick from the off however finished the session in fifth position. Red Bull Junior Carlos Sainz Jnr rounded off the top three while team mates Pietro Fantin and Harry Tincknell finished sixth and seventh respectively.

The 2.5 mile Donington Park circuit will play host to the Series showdown in two weeks’ time and with the 2012 title up for grabs championship protagonists Harvey and Jaafar both had agendas to prove during this morning’s running.

Following a weekend which saw him take control of the championship Jaafar was the quickest man on track in the opening stages of testing this morning, just behind him though Harvey was putting up a fight and came through to take the position away from the Malaysian in the first hour.

Despite looking fast in the early stages a red flag mid-session halted his new tyre run which cost him the set. However the Championship leader was pleased with finishing the pre-event test in fifth position. ‘It was a shame that the red flag came when it did because we could have been higher in the standings but I’m pleased with how the test went. We worked a few things, as you normally would when testing, so I’m feeling good heading into the next round.’

Harvey however remained at the top with his fastest lap being a 1:22.987. ‘The car felt great today,’ he said, ‘but then it also felt great at Silverstone even though the results don’t show it because of the penalties applied to me. Topping the test today was definitely my way of showing that I will be going into the final round pushing extremely hard to get the best results. The set-up was good and I’m happy with what we achieved today. Donington really will be full attack.’

Meanwhile Sainz began to move up the board in the final hour of running. Lying in ninth place during the opening stages the Spaniard moved up to fifth position before clinching third place just eighth hundreds off of Harvey’s best time.

Fantin and Tincknell were trading places throughout the session and were both regular runners in the top five. Fantin moved up to third position at the mid-point of the session however as the chequered flag fell he finished in sixth while team mate Tincknell was seventh. Both drivers used the session to gain as much experience around the track during today’s pre-event test session before heading to final round in two weeks’ time at the very same track.

The Carlin British F3 team enjoyed a strong outing in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s races at Silverstone, with all five of the team’s drivers in the top eight. This morning’s qualifying session was for the majority a tussle between championship leader Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar, with Harvey quickest for the first part of the session before Jaafar bettered his effort. In the end though it was Fortec’s Alex Lynn who stole pole in the closing minutes, but Jaafar, Harvey, Carlos Sainz Jnr and Harry Tincknell can be happy with second, third, fourth and fifth respectively, with their main championship rival Felix Serralles in seventh. Pietro Fantin unfortunately lost out on some running due to an engine misfire and qualified eighth.

Following several weekends of torrential rain, it was a welcome surprise when the British F3 drivers were greeted by a second day of sunshine and blue sky today. Recognising the need for a strong qualifying session points leader Harvey was the early man to beat and held provisional pole for the first ten minutes of the session.

Jaafar, Harvey’s closest rival in the Carlin team and the quickest man in yesterday’s practice session went quicker soon after though, and held the top spot until the final three minutes when Alex Lynn went fastest to steal pole.

With only this weekend’s races at Silverstone and a weekend at Donington to decide the 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series, the focus of the Carlin men has been on Lynn’s team mate Serralles, who currently lies second in the standings. With Serralles only able to manage seventh in this morning’s qualifying session, there is potential for Carlin’s title contenders to steal some valuable points at the penultimate event.

Harvey said, “It was pretty close between the Carlin drivers today, it’s very competitive this weekend. I expected Alex [Lynn] to be on pole at some point this season, he’s a quick guy and has been there or thereabout all season, so well done to him. We obviously have a quick car though so I’m feeling pretty confident for the races. In terms of the championship it’s good for us that Felix [Serralles] is down in seventh, but he’ll probably just go and win the reverse grid race!”

Team mate Jaafar was happy to near the front adding, “The car felt really good to today, so thanks to the team. It’s ok to be P2, obviously I would have preferred pole, but we’re starting on the inside of the track which is good. I’m just pushing for maximum points now, that’s my goal.”

Race one will take place later today at 15.15.

The 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series enters the final stages this weekend, as the teams head to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the season. Over half of the field are still mathematically capable of taking this year’s title, with Carlin’s Jack Harvey the current championship leader. It will be a level playing field for the Carlin drivers though, as team mate Jazeman Jaafar isn’t far behind and will be looking to put himself back at the top of the points table, while Carlos Sainz Jnr has also put himself back into contention with a strong points haul at Snetterton to move up to a close fourth in the standings. Race winners Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin are aiming to close in on a top three finish in the points standings.

With only six races to go over the two remaining weekends of the 2012 season, there is a tight championship battle between the Carlin men and Fortec’s Felix Serralles. Last time out at Snetterton, it was the Carlin drivers who enjoyed the upper hand, winning all three races in difficult on-track conditions.

Moving to Silverstone this weekend the championship makes its way back to a track where Carlin have experienced a high success rate in the past. The Northamptonshire circuit was the venue for Jean-Eric Vergne’s championship winning weekend in 2010, while Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Huertas shared the victories for the team at Silverstone last year.

Championship leader Harvey is feeling calm about the weekend ahead, “Silverstone is a track I’ve done well at throughout my single seater career. It’s a track that I enjoy and have been competitive at regularly. We’re carrying good momentum into this weekend, both myself and as a team. I’m feeling quietly confident that we can have a competitive car. Then the rest is down to me to get pole and win the races.”

Harvey will have to beat team mate Jaafar as well as Serralles, with the young Malaysian feeling confident ahead of this weekend’s racing action. “It’s a circuit I love racing on, as it is fast, flowing and has plenty of challenging corners and I’ve had some good results there. My first goal is to overhaul Felix [Serralles], who is 16 points ahead of me, then I’ll go after Jack who’s a further four points in the lead. It might sound a lot of points, but there are 20 points on offer for a win, and another point for fastest lap, so it’s an achievable goal.”

Trevor Carlin added, “It’s great for the drivers that it’s been a relatively open championship this season, and with just two weekends to go we have three drivers who are still very realistically capable of winning the championship, and all of them are fighting to be at least in the top three. The fight from Fortec this year has really made the championship more exciting, but until it’s credibly not possible for more than one of our drivers to win, we’ll keep pushing hard for all our guys and make sure they have the equipment on track to decide the title for themselves. It’s certainly going to be an exciting, if tense end to the season.”

Track action will get underway with testing on Friday, before qualifying at 10.40 local time on Saturday.