Harvey Helps Kick Off 2009 At Autosport International

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Lincolnshire kart racing champion Jack Harvey kicked off his 2009 season in style with four packed days of action at the Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC this week.

Alpine stars backed Harvey was the face of the Karting Show during the course of the four-day event, with daily appearances on the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Karting stage. As well as opening the karting show each day, Jack took part in the prestigious BP Ultimate Celebrity Karting Challenge on the Friday of the show, where he raced alongside stars such as former F1 and Le Mans stars like Allan McNish, Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and David Brabham, raising almost £50,000 for the Richard Burns Foundation.

Above: Harvey competes in the charity race
pic - Chris Walker, www.kartpix.net

As an ambassador for kart racing and how to get started in the world of motorsport Jack was on hand to talk about his career to date and what it is like to compete in top level karting to youngsters looking to get into the sport.

"It was an honour to be part of the Autosport International Show this year," said Jack. "The Karting Show was great and to be sharing the stage with drivers such as David Coulthard, Allan McNish and David Brabham was brilliant. They all started their careers in karting and to be able to give something back to drivers who are just about to get started in the sport with them was amazing," he added.

"The kart race was great fun and was all for a good cause for the Richard Burns Foundation. We thought we might be on with a chance of winning it as we had a great line-up of young kart racers in our team, but we drew 13th place starting position out of 16 and it was always going to be difficult from there, especially against the talent in the field that was out there!" He joked.

"I had a great battle with Frank Biela before I had to hand over the kart in the first part of the race, which was good fun. We finished sixth in the end, but there was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall and everyone enjoyed it, it was great being part of it."

On the other days Jack took on a handful of duties, including handing out the trophies for some of the Super One champions, as well as doing a raft of interviews with the media about the karting show as well as his successful 2008 campaign and what he has in store for this season.

"It was good to catch up with people and the show is a great way to start the new season," said Jack. "We're really close to putting the final plans for 2009 together now and I can't wait to get going. The show has really got me fired up ready for the new season and I want to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible," he added.

pic - Chris Walker, www.kartpix.net


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