Harvey seals first ever British F3 victory
3 July 2011 – Jack Harvey stormed to his maiden British Formula 3 victory at the Nürburgring on Saturday morning, taking full advantage of his second place grid slot to jump ahead of Carlin team-mate Rupert Svendsen-Cook at the start of the race. The Briton ultimately crossed the line with a 2.5 second advantage, while Pedro Nunes grabbed the final spot on the podium after a strong drive from 11th on the grid.
"I made a pretty good start and had a good first lap, establishing a bit of a gap between me and Rupert, and then the safety car came out, which made things a bit more interesting," Harvey said at the end of the 20-minute reverse grid race. "After the restart I just got my head down and pushed as hard as I could and strung together some consistent laps."
Just moments after Harvey jumped into the lead, a crash between Fahmi Ilyas and Pietro Fantin brought out the Safety Car. Both men were beached in the gravel, leading to the action being neutralised until their cars were cleared. There was more drama to follow as the race got back underway on Lap 4, with António Félix da Costa and Will Buller making significant contact, forcing the latter to retire.
Nunes inherited third as a result, but the Brazilian spent the rest of the race defending from Felipe Nasr. He successfully held his compatriot at bay when the chequered flag dropped, claiming a visit to the rostrum on his first British F3 weekend. Jazeman Jaafar was next up in fifth place, narrowly beating Saturday winner Kevin Magnussen who had to settle for sixth after starting the reverse grid race from the fourth row.
Félix da Costa went on to salvage seventh after his early incident, leading home Fortec’s Harry Tincknell who added to his championship points tally once again. Double R duo Pipo Derani and Scott Pye grabbed ninth and tenth respectively, while Bart Hylkema claimed Rookie Class honours for the second time this weekend.
Race 3 begins at 2pm local time (BST +1)