Harvey Dominates Japan

press release

Reigning European kart racing champion, Jack Harvey, picked up his first major title of the 2008 season as he won the Asia Pacific KF2 title with a crushing display of driving at Suzuka in Japan this weekend.

The Alpinestars-backed factory Birel Motorsport driver dominated the rest of the KF2 class field all weekend, setting the fastest time in qualifying, before winning every heat and both of the finals. His pace in the grand final was enough to give him a lead of just over 11 seconds by the time he reached the chequered flag.

An ecstatic Harvey was pleased to finally pick up his first major victory of the season and his first for Birel Motorsport.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “Everything has just come together perfectly this weekend. I came out here with the attitude that it was such a long way to come and that winning was the only option I wanted. I struggled in the pre-event testing early in the week, but it got my bad luck out of the way and it meant that every other session just came to me.”

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In the grand final Jack had to make an early charge after being forced wide at the first corner, dropping him to fourth place. By the end of the opening lap he was up to second place and within a couple of corners was back into the lead and started to pull away from the rest of the field.

“I got forced out at the start of the grand final and had to slot back in fourth place. But I immediately went on the attack and was back into second as we crossed the line and then went for the lead as quickly as I could. After that I just pulled away.”

“I’m so happy, especially for the whole team. My mechanic Al, Ronni and Mariano and everyone at Birel and also Bruno at Iame have all worked so hard to get me here. To be able to win such a big title for them at this point in my first season for them is brilliant. The people at Bridgestone tyres and Birel Pacific were also fantastic all weekend,” he added.

“I’ve learned a lot this weekend, I came here with the intention to go for victory and I’m going into every race for the rest of the season with the same intentions,” he added.


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