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Abbi Pulling takes second spot in W-Series race in Barcelona

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Gosberton’s Abbi Pulling is among the leading lights in her first full season in the W-Series.

The former Bourne Academy pupil is currently in second place in the championship after the first three races.

Pulling equalled her best finish in the W-Series with her second podium in the sport after finishing second in her race in Barcelona over the weekend.

Her weekend started well after setting a lap time good enough for third in the Friday morning practice session.

Pulling followed this up with a fast flying lap in qualifying with which she put herself third on the grid, making for an all British top-three with her mentor Alice Powell and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick.

Upon race start, Pulling pulled off a bold overtake on Powell - moving her up to second as she began to mount a charge on race leader Chadwick.

In the following laps, the 19-year-old set impressive lap times - including the fastest middle sector of the race - as she tried to close the gap between herself and the two-time champion.

Despite her strong pace, she came under threat from Powell on many occasions - but the Racing X driver managed to stay in front.

During the closing stages of the 30 minute race, Pulling came ever closer to Chadwick with the gap remaining below one second for many of the final laps, but ultimately the Jenner Racing driver prevailed to take her fifth consecutive win.

Pulling’s second place result equals her best in the W-Series and put her on the all-British podium.

Before the podium celebrations, Pulling commented: “We had a good start and were in a good position but we had a lot of work to do in the race.

“I didn’t give up to the end and I know what I need for the next race and I’ll keep pushing for that.

“I started on the front foot here and big thanks to my team. I had good pace, couldn’t quite get Jamie but it’s still a good result.”

The W-Series season continues at Silverstone on July 1-2.

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