Abbi Pulling looking ahead to Brands Hatch after “awesome experience” at season opener

Abbi Pulling is looking ahead to the second event of the British F4 iRacing Trophy on Monday night with optimism after feeling unlucky not to have scored a podium at Donington Park’s double-header last time out.

Pulling – set to compete in the real-world championship with JHR Developments in 2020 – posted the fifth quickest time in qualifying, just 0.2 seconds adrift of pole-sitter Luke Browning (Fortec Motorsport).

She kept pace with the front-runners in the opening exchanges, before contact with Nico Varrone – caused by net code – forced her off-track at the Old Hairpin; nevertheless, she recovered to open the virtual campaign with sixth at the chequered flag.

Bad luck struck once again with another incident in the second contest, but Pulling believes the pace was there to challenge for silverware and is aiming to carry that confidence into Brands Hatch on Monday night.

“I loved every minute of it!” said Pulling.

“I don’t do much iRacing but getting back on track with the past and present F4 drivers made me even more eager to get to our first round.

“In race one I got caught up in an incident and had to have a bit of a come back drive to P6, I reckon I could have been scrapping for the podium if I didn’t get tapped off on the early laps.

“At the start of race two I had some technical faults with my sim rig, losing all sound, so hopefully that won’t happen again, another on track incident left me frustrated because I had just gone quickest in the practice so I knew I was in for another shot at the podium.

“Overall it was an awesome experience and I’m excited for the next round at Brands Hatch.”

To re-watch the action from Donington Park, click here.