2016 UIM GT15 World Championship – Estonia

This seasons UIM GT15 World Championship event was in Tallinn the capital of Estonia.

The team arrived on the Thursday prior to the event to set up and prepare for technical inspection on Friday with racing starting early on Saturday, the weather was hot and sunny with the 28 drivers having 1 hour free practice in the morning.

After free practice the entry was split in half by race number and reach group having a qualifying race to get the field down to the top 16 being the maximum number of boats allowed to race.

The top 16 then having to enter a qualifying shoot out of 1 flying lap to determine the final grid position in race1 Harvey sitting at the top of the time sheets for most of the session and finally finishing 6th.

Race 1

Saw the 16 boats in a big bunch enter the 1st mark with boats everywhere this is the most dangerous part of the race with vision restricted and boats jockeying for position.

Harvey emerged maintaining his 6th place and he remained in this position until the last lap where he was passed by another boat leaving him 7th.

Race 2

On a hot Sunday morning saw Harvey in the number 7 spot on the starting grid, right in the pack he left the dock in the middle of the pack and this time he had no where to go as the field closed together he emerged from the turn well out of the top 10 and had to battle to 9th place at the flag.

Race 3

This time starting in 9th position, not the best place for him in a World championship surrounded by drivers desparate to get a good result.

Being the only British driver in the field felt very alone again the 1st turn being the place to make up ground. Harvey dug in and made a great 1st turn and he fought the whole race to get up to 7th place.

Race 4

Harvey started 7th and again a reasonable start saw him emerge from the spray in 7th.

He has a race long battle to get to 5th position with 3 drivers swapping places all race with one driver making a desperate attempt to pass on the final lap resulting in contact on the final turn but Harvey remained determined and he was able to fend off the challenge to keep his 5th place.

This gave him 7th overall in the final standings.

Racing at this level is extremely competitive with all the top drivers having little or no difference in speed being the only British driver in a field of drivers from many countries that had multiple entries these drivers racing together regularly and being aware of the strengths and weaknesses.

Harvey had a new crew chief this week end, multi world and European champion Robbie Hencz from Budapest.

His help and guidance gave Harvey a great insight how to race in a highly competitive International field.