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Three top ten finishes for Gosberton racer Pulling




Young driver Abbi Pulling bounced back to deliver another strong F4 British Championship performance at the weekend.

Gosberton teenager Pulling (17) struggled slightly in qualifying and race one, but improved after that to record three top ten positions at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

After finishing ninth in Race One, the JHR Developments driver listened to words of advice from the team’s coach, Alice Powell.

Abbi Pulling in action at Oulton Park at the weekend. (41225115)
Abbi Pulling in action at Oulton Park at the weekend. (41225115)

In Race Two, she passed rivals all over the circuit and set competitive lap times, but ran out of time to close in on the leading quartet before the end of the contest, finishing fifth.

She also made a good move in Race Three to finish sixth.

With three races down and six to go, she now stands ninth in the championship with 55 points.

Abbi Pulling in action at Oulton Park at the weekend. (41225124)
Abbi Pulling in action at Oulton Park at the weekend. (41225124)

She will have a chance to keep the run going this Friday, August 28, at Knockhill in Scotland, for rounds 10, 11, and 12 of the season. Live coverage of race three of the weekend will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Pulling said: “We were quick in the wet on Friday and perhaps wanted a bit more in the dry, because we did well in testing.

“We were a bit late out for qualifying as we had an issue with the brake bias, so I needed to calm down after that and I didn’t perform as well as I should have.

“I wasn’t aggressive enough on the opening lap of race one and throughout the race I wasn’t attacking enough and was too busy looking in my mirrors.

Abbi Pulling in action at Oulton Park at the weekend. (41225132)
Abbi Pulling in action at Oulton Park at the weekend. (41225132)

“Alice (Powell) spoke to me and told me to calm down and I slept on it and came back with a completely different mindset.

“I started ninth for race two and was more aggressive after looking at the data to see where I could improve.

“It was a wet race and I knew I had the pace from practice, and I picked places up, including a move around the outside into turn one which I was quite proud of!

“I made my way up to fifth and the front four had got away, so if I had started further up potentially, I could have mixed with them.

“Race three was positive – I fell back one place at the start even though my start wasn’t terrible.

“I kept where I was for the first few laps but when the tyres came in, I could attack and at the end we were sixth and rapidly catching Alex Connor ahead. Overall, it was a positive weekend and we scored points in every race, which we hadn’t done yet.”

Team principal Steven Hunter said: “It was an okay weekend with some promising drives from Abbi.

“As we’re going through the season it is certainly showing that she is starting to move forward with her own knowledge of the car and I think it will get better as we carry on.”



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