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Abbi Pulling takes a podium place in the he latest round of the F4 British Championship at Thruxton

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Gosberton’s Abbi Pulling felt that she didn’t fulfil her potential at the weekend during the latest round of the F4 British Championship.

Pulling had taken third place in the opening race of the meeting at Thruxton before finishing 11th and 10th in the next two outings.

Her third podium of the season had got the JHR Developments driver off to a strong start on the high-speed, slipstreaming Hampshire venue.

Abbi Pulling on the podium. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Abbi Pulling on the podium. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Pulling said: “I think it was quite an average qualifying, but we knew that at Thruxton if you can get the slipstream then you can quite easily get by someone. I was quite confident in race one.

“I got the early jump to fifth before the safety car came out and then picked my way through other drivers and managed to get a podium, so I was quite happy with that.

“If we hadn’t got caught up with other drivers after the safety car it would have been a three-way battle for the lead.”

She then produced a superb drive during race two, leaping from 11th on the grid to fourth on the opening lap and quickly reeling in the leaders.

The former Bourne Academy pupil caught and passed both but, after making a brave move on the outside at Goodwood, she received contact at the Chicane which pitched her into the air and down to 11th position.

Pulling added: “We had our worst tyres on for the reverse grid race, so expectations weren’t too high, and I just wanted to make sure I got some good points, but by the end of the first lap, I was challenging for third.

Abbi Pulling at Thruxton. Photo: Ian Ward
Abbi Pulling at Thruxton. Photo: Ian Ward

“I got the jump on the car in front of me and gained a place straight away. Coming out of the complex there was a collision and everyone kind of slammed their brakes on and I just went up the inside of them all going into Noble.

“At that point, I was like, ‘I can win this race.’ The leaders had already got a little bit of a gap, so I caught them up and found my way by both of them.

“It was quite exciting and I got into the lead of the race by going on the outside of Goodwood – not many people can say they have done that, so it was quite a special move for me.

“Going into the last corner, I was ahead, it was my line, I committed to the corner, and just got driven into the side of basically.

“At the last moment I saw his nose cone pop out of nowhere and it sent me up and round. It was a hard pill to swallow and I was a bit heartbroken. I thought we had it in the bag. We were probably the quickest car on track at that point.”

Pulling again started well at the front in the final race of the weekend and was quickly challenging for the lead.

Abbi Pulling at Thruxton. Photo: Ian Ward
Abbi Pulling at Thruxton. Photo: Ian Ward

However, she was shuffled out of the draft and fell back and then had to recover from contact with Zak Taylor to secure a championship point in 10th spot.

Pulling explained: “I got a really good start to race three and nearly got into the lead. I was going for an overtake through Goodwood but I lost momentum and dropped back in the pack and had to fight through again.

“I made a mistake going for a move on Taylor through Campbell but it didn’t work and there was contact. I feel really bad about it.

“It was a bit of a disappointing weekend overall and I don’t think we have fulfilled our potential.”

Pulling will now have three weeks off before heading to Croft in Yorkshire over the weekend of September 18 and 19 for three more races in the F4 British Championship.

She is currently eighth in the driver standings with 110 points.

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