Motorsport: Harvey's race for the F3 crown is to go to the wire
Jack Harvey is facing a career defining weekend as he heads into the final meeting of the British Forumla 3 Championship.
The Lincolnshire racing driver expects an emotional rollercoaster as he makes his final bid for the title at Donington Park.
Harvey will be racing for his future and warns rivals there will be nothing left in the tank when the dust finally settles after the season finale.
The 19-year-old racing driver is currently 23 points behind title favourite Jazeman Jaafar, but Harvey was awaiting news of an appeal last night which may see that deficit reduced, writes Dave Marshall.
A disastrous round at Silverstone last time out resulted in the former Lincoln Minster School pupil receiving a series of penalties which saw him drop from first to third in the title standings.
The appeal was lodged by his team, Carlin Racing, but the result of that appeal was not available last night.
The possible permutations may have been a distraction to some, but not to the Bassingham-based Harvey.
"I have put the appeal totally out of my head," said Harvey.
"With or without the points being reinstated, I am still in third place so I will have to really push.
"There will be nothing left in the tank after Donington, that's for sure.
"I need to be putting myself in a position where I would benefit if the points are reinstated.
"But even with the points back, I believe I would still be six points behind the leader Jazeman Jaafar, so I must go on full attack.
"I am trying to win regardless of the appeal. After Silverstone I was a bit disheartened, but I've had some time away and feel totally chilled and refreshed."
The Formula 3 protagonists were in action during official testing at Donington last week, when Harvey ended the session with the quickest time.
But the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver not only needs a near perfect weekend, he also needs Jaafar and second-placed man Felix Serralles to have an off day if he is to lift the coveted title.
"I was leading the championship going into Silverstone, and if you'd asked me then if those penalties were a possibility I would have said no way, so the message there is anything can happen.
"I won't be giving up on it unless it becomes absolutely impossible."