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MSA congratulates Harvey and Bird on home victories

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) congratulates MSA Team UK and Racing Steps Foundation Driver Jack Harvey on his first GP3 Series race victory, secured on home soil at Silverstone today (Saturday 29 June) in support of the Santander British Grand Prix.

Harvey, aged 20 from Bassingham in Lincolnshire, started from third on the grid but took the lead after a perfect getaway. He quickly began to stretch his lead, which was cut when the safety car was deployed due to a collision further back. After the re-start Harvey maintained his gap to the chasing pack, setting the fastest lap en route to the chequered flag.

Harvey’s victory followed success for fellow Briton Sam Bird, himself a graduate of the MSA’s talent development programme, in today’s GP2 Series race. Bird – third driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team – took the lead when rivals Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr collided after a few corners. He dominated the remainder of the race to take an emotional home victory.

Nick Bunting, MSA Chief Executive, said: “It has been a special day for British motor sport, first with Lewis Hamilton taking pole position for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix, then with Jack taking his first GP3 win and Sam dominating GP2 in front of thousands of British fans at Silverstone. Jack and Sam are a credit to the MSA Academy talent development pathway; their performances on home soil today were exemplary, confirming that they can both look forward to successful careers at the top level."

29 June 2013