British racing driver Jack Harvey has won the Lincolnshire Sportsman of the Year Award for the second year running at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards. The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver faced tough competition in the form of champion windsurfer Robert York and junior shooting champion Christopher Jarratt, who were both shortlisted for the Award.
Over 350 sportspeople, volunteers, coaches and individuals people came together to be recognised at the annual awards ceremony and gala night which celebrates Lincolnshire’s finest sporting talent.
Jack’s sporting achievements were first recognised by the Lincolnshire Sports Awards in 2010 when he won the Young Sportsman of the Year award. The award was in recognition of his superb season in Formula BMW where he finished the year as Vice Champion. Jack then went on to win the Sportsman of the Year award in 2013 following a successful first season in GP3 where he finished as the highest placed rookie.
This year’s award is again in recognition of another outstanding season in motor racing. 2013 saw Jack make the move to America to compete in the Indy Lights Series with Team Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. Jack had a superb first season in Indy Lights and truly dominated the second half of the season, winning four of the last five races. Jack ended the season tied on points for the Championship title.
Marc Rhodes from the Lincolnshire Sports Awards says, “Lincolnshire Sport would like to congratulate Jack on defending his title as Lincolnshire’s Sportsman of the Year. Jack has had a fantastic year and is a great ambassador for sport in the county. We wish Jack every success for next season and we’re sure he will continue to achieve great things in the future.”
Jack says, “To win the Sportsman of the Year award for the second year in a row is a real honour. This year I have been racing out in America so to be recognised back home for the racing I am doing in Indy Lights means a lot to me. Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony as I am currently still out in the States, but my parents collected the award on my behalf which was fitting considering all the support they have shown me over the years.” Jack’s father Paul is pictured collecting the award from Richard Merryweather from the University of Lincoln.
Jack says, “The support that everyone has given me back home in Lincolnshire plays such a big part in giving me the strength and determination to succeed, no matter where I am racing in the world! I’m looking forward to racing again in 2015 and hopefully continuing to do Lincolnshire proud.”