Gosberton kart racer Abbi Pulling, 11, has made a rapid start to the new year with two race weekends already under her belt.
A visit to the PFI track near Newark for the first meeting and an icy track reduced the racing to a qualifying session and finals.
A difficult day on her new Synergy chassis saw Abbi finish 13th in the 43-kart entry, most of the British championship grid were also in attendance so this was a reasonable start.
She moved to her favourite track at Kimbolton for meeting two and was fast in mixed conditions on practice day despite an early injury.
Sunday was a better day and saw Abbi setting the pace in official practice. Heat one saw her start in sixth place on the 23-kart grid, soon taking the lead and pushing away with another driver to open a five-second gap to the pack, a last-lap battle saw her drop to second place.
Heat two and an excellent drive from 18th on the grid saw her drive through the field to take an impressive fourth place. These results qualified Abbi on pole position for the A-final.
A textbook start to the final saw Abbi and Fusion team driver Joseph Taylor from Newcastle push away from the chasing pack, bumper to bumper throughout the 11-lap race, with JT nipping through with one lap left to knock her down to a second-place finish, Abbi taking the consolation of fastest lap. With 10 of this year’s British championship grid present and once again the only girl on the grid, Abbi has sent out her intent for the season.
Big thanks to Abbi’s team, Kato Motorsport, Kart Parts UK and also the medical team for their assistance.