Motorsport – Jack Harvey
“Motorsport has been in my family for as long as I can remember. My dad was into karting when he was younger and more recently he raced in the National Auto Grass Championship and won his class in 2002. My uncle is also a motor sports fan and still races supercars, so I’ve been around motor racing my entire life.
“As a child I was quite into football, playing for the local village football team with my friends from school. It was actually my dad he first got me started in karting. He thought it would be something I’d enjoy and suggested I had a go.
“What surprises a lot of people is that I didn’t enjoy my first experience of karting! I was still very young and didn’t know anyone at the karting track, and to be honest, I was happier playing football with my friends. I wasn’t very comfortable the first few times I had a go in the kart and therefore wasn’t very quick, and when you’re young and not immediately very good at something, it doesn’t make it very enjoyable! “However, my dad encouraged me to stick at it and I’m grateful he did as I started to get better at karting, I made a group of friends at the track and really started to enjoy it. Bit by bit, I began to win races ,and then championships, and I started to believe that this was something that I was good at, and potentially have a career in, and the rest is history!
“The ultimate dream has always been to race in Formula 1 as this is the top level of motor sports and where you can find the best racing drivers in the world. I’m always pushing myself to be the best I can, so the aim is to be in a position to race against the best drivers out there.
“But I know that there is a long journey ahead of me to get to Formula 1 so the main focus at the moment is to take it one year at a time and focus on winning each Championship and pushing to be the best driver I can be.
“In 2013 I will be competing for the Lotus GP team in the GP3 Series. The GP3 Series supports the European leg of the Formula One Championship so it will be great to back racing at the same circuits as Formula One. It is a privilege to be racing for Lotus GP who have such a fantastic history in motorsport and I can’t wait to get into the new GP3 car in 2013.”