Jack needs Monza magic to keep title hopes alive
Jack Harvey says he is prepared for a make or break weekend at the world famous Monza circuit.
Harvey, from Bassingham, travels to Italy for this weekend's penultimate GP3 meeting knowing only a win will be enough to put him back in the title race.
Harvey faces a mammoth task. With just two race weekends remaining, at Monza and finally in the Abu Dhabi, the 20-year-old is 40 points behind the championship leader Facu Regalia who is also his team-mate at ART Grand Prix.
With two races at each of the remaining weekends, Harvey has vowed to give everything he can while it is still mathematically possible.
Monza holds fond memories for Harvey having won there previously and he still believes he can add another motor racing title to his impressive CV.
"I have said to the team, 'if anything dramatic is going to happen to a driver in his career, then there's a good chance it will be at Monza'," said Harvey.
"This weekend is now a make or break race meeting for me. It's very simple – we have to go there and win.
"If we do, then our championship hopes are very much alive. If we do not, then our hopes rely on other drivers slipping up."
Two weeks ago Harvey's chances looked far brighter, but an horrific accident while racing at Spa at more than 160mph wrecked his car and his weekend.
Although the team worked through the night to rebuild the car, Harvey was forced to pull out of race two and came away without a point, having slipped from joint-third to seventh in the standings.
"It was a very disappointing weekend," added Harvey. "It was a spectacular crash because the car was spinning so fast. It was a big impact, but I have had worse."
Harvey has suffered similar disappointment in his career and has always come back stronger.
Last season it looked like a disappointing meeting at Silverstone had scuppered his title ambitions, but he came back at Donington and took the British Formula 3 Championship with a dazzling display of race driving.
Harvey believes that experience will help him.
"What I learned after Silverstone last year will help me now," added Harvey.
"I know it's not over until it's over. The team is still behind me and I have enjoyed my times at Monza before. It has been a good circuit for me.
"I was very annoyed after Spa, but I have to move on. Things happen when you are racing hard and you have to learn from it. I will be giving it all I can at Monza, hopefully, it will be enough."
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