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Abbi Pulling takes third place in the W Series race at Silverstone

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W Series driver Abbi Pulling claimed her second consecutive podium in the all-female championship with a third place finish at her home race at Silverstone on Saturday.

The Gosberton ace made her W Series debut last season at the same Silverstone track where she took pole.

And Pulling went into her home race weekend second in the W Series championship behind fellow British driver Jamie Chadwick.

Abbi Pulling.
Abbi Pulling.

She looked set to have similar success this weekend with a strong practice session in which she set the second fastest lap time.

Pulling’s strong pace continued into the half-hour long qualifying session on Women in Motorsports Day as she set a string of fast lap times, which were unfortunately deleted due to track limits infringements.

Luckily, she managed to pull off a strong time while staying within the white lines that was good enough for third position.

However, her mentor Bristol Street Motors driver Alice Powell met with the stewards and had her lap time reinstated - which demoted Pulling to fourth on the grid.

Starting from the second row of the grid, Pulling lost a place on lap one at Abbey to cortDAO driver Fabienne Wohlwend, leaving the RacingX driver in fifth.

Pulling then yielded a position due to Powell, having to serve a 10 second stop-and-go penalty as a result of not being in grid position on the formation lap as she was behind Pulling after stalling.

She then retook third position from Wohlwend and, after battling over the next few corners, the cortDAO driver lost control of her car and Pulling was safely through.

As the rain drops fell on Silverstone, Pulling mounted a charge on Puma driver Emma Kimilainen, setting a flurry of fastest second sector times and the fastest time of the race on lap 13.

Pulling closed in on Kimilainen to the point where she was in a position to make a pass with six minutes remaining on the clock and overtook the Finnish driver. However, at the next corner, the Puma driver was ahead and spun, blocking the Brit.

Despite this, Pulling held second position until Kimilainen overtook her once again as she was carrying damage from the Finn’s spin.

In the final lap, Pulling held off the threat from Wohlwend to take her second podium of her W Series campaign - leaving her behind championship leader Chadwick in the standings.

Pulling said: “I’m really happy to get a podium on home soil and it feels great to do it in front of such a huge crowd at Silverstone.

“It wasn’t the start I wanted but I’ll learn for next time and not make any mistakes.”

The W Series season continues on July 22-23 in France.

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