Jack Harvey learns a hard lesson after crashing out at Spa
Jack Harvey said he learned a hard lesson after a crash left him pointless at the latest round of the GP3 series at Spa Francorchamps.
The Bassingham racer collided with Carlos Sainz in the first race while battling it out for third place.
Both drivers walked away unscathed, although Harvey's car needed extensive work to get him ready for race two the following day.
After Harvey's mechanics had worked through the night to get his car on the grid, an engine failure during the race saw the end of this weekend.
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"I had a good slipstream on Sainz. I pulled out and thought I had got past him," said Harvey.
"I went to defend and as I came over to the right we touched and then I hit the wall pretty hard.
"It was my mistake. It was at about 270km an hour when we came together.
"The car was in a bad state after I hit the wall I saw my gearbox and rear wheels ahead of me.
"At the end of the day, it's not a mistake I've made before and not one I will make again.
"The lads had to work all night to get the car right.
"They did a good job to get the car out.
"In the end we had a problem and we're still not sure what it was. The engine will have to go back to the garage and get a full check.
"This weekend is a big realisation that one mistake can cost you a lot."
And Harvey felt further disappointment at failing to make the most of a car on the pace.
"The speed was good. We had problems in free practice, but still managed to qualify third.
"The pace was very good, I know we can win. That is what makes it worse.
"If we finished up there we could have come away from the weekend third or even second in the championship."
After failing to finish in either race, Harvey finds himself down in seventh in the championship.
He is now 40 points behind leader and ART teammate Facu Regalia, but is confident he can catch up.
"Our weekend has summed up the year," said Harvey. "It is close at the top and two of the championship leaders did not score points.
"This weekend showed it really can happen to anybody. So we need it to happen to someone else now and we need a very good weekend.
"With that in mind, we just keep going while it is mathematically possible.
"It was a tough weekend because that mistake cost us big."
Harvey now heads to Monza for the next two races of the championship on September 7 and 8.
And having shown good pace in Spa, he is confident he can finish in the points in Italy.
"I have won at Monza in the past and I'm still very confident we can pull it round," said Harvey.
"At Spa, it was not our weekend, you just have to learn from it.
"The car felt good in Spa, so I think we'll keep a similar set-up for Monza. I'm confident we can do it."
How they stand
1 Facu Regalia 115
2 Conor Daly 101
3 Tio Ellinas 95
4 Kevin Korjus 93
5 Danil Kvyat 88
7 Jack Harvey 75