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Gosberton driver Pulling Formula 4 Rookie of the Year

Teen sensation Abbi Pulling was awarded Formula 4 Rookie of the Year after another podium finish at the weekend.

The 17-year-old Gosberton race ace received the Joe Tandy Memorial Trophy after a brilliant fifth podium of the season in the last round of the British F4 Championships at Brands Hatch over the weekend.

It left Pulling sitting in sixth place overall in what has been a fantastic first season in a single-seater car.

Abbi Pulling on the podium at Brands Hatch (43174054)
Abbi Pulling on the podium at Brands Hatch (43174054)

Brands Hatch is a well-known track for Pulling after she competed there earlier in the year and gained her first podium finish.

It was a tricky weekend for the competitors as the ever-changing weather conditions made it a difficult track to master, with the races being held in differing weather conditions, including rain.

In the first race of the weekend, Pulling managed to qualify in a disappointing seventh place, but climbed up the positions during the race to finish fourth.

Abbi Pulling in action at Brandshatch (43171264)
Abbi Pulling in action at Brandshatch (43171264)

She also held the fastest lap before her team-mate took it off her.

However, it was a reversal of fortunes for Pulling in the second race of the weekend as she qualified high up in the grid in third place.

But, as she pushed for second place, the manoeuvre didn’t pay off and she eventually fell down the order, finishing the race in seventh.

In the final race of the weekend, Pulling this time qualified in seventh.

Abbi Pulling in action at Brandshatch (43171261)
Abbi Pulling in action at Brandshatch (43171261)

However, a monster drive saw her move through the order to take third place and a podium in the final race of the season, and finish on a high.

Pulling said: “A podium was an amazing way to end the season after struggling a bit this weekend.

“We were so quick in testing on Wednesday and Friday, always in the top five, but qualifying was a bit disappointing.

“In race one we made quite a bit of ground up and had good pace and I had the fastest lap until (teammate) James (Hedley) took it off me.

“To be awarded the F4 Rookie of the Year is a massive honour and there have been so many good things that have happened this weekend. To end the season on a high is great.

“I think if we come back next year, we’ll be title contenders. I’ve had the pace to be at the front through the season but sometimes I’ve made mistakes but that’s down to experience.

“We’ve been on the podium a few times and the work that the team, (driver coach) Alice (Powell), and I are putting in is really showing in the results.”

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