JHR Developments’ Abbi Pulling was pleased with her race pace across the opening three rounds of the 2020 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost and underlined her belief that podium results are just around the corner.
The multiple karting champion made the step up to single seaters in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series at Donington Park, and qualified well in sixth for the season opener, 0.3 seconds adrift of JHR team mate James Hedley on pole.
Her race pace was positive, as demonstrated by a charge through the field in the reverse grid race from last to sixth, but Rounds 1 & 3 proved frustrating for the Ginetta Junior and GT5 graduate, with incidents at the Roberts chicane on each occasion.
“We had a positive qualifying. I knew that there was probably a bit more in it, but we were close on times, so we were happy with sixth,” explained Pulling.
“The races came around, and I was more than competitive on the first few laps, I always had the legs on the people in front and I was always looking to move forward rather than defending and having to look in my mirrors.”
“We’ve had a bit of bad luck; race one didn’t really go my way, we got involved in a bit of contact, I had to change my front wing. Race three again, same corner, we got unlucky and there wasn’t much I could do about it.
“The driver committed to a move and I was round the outside. Two can’t go into that corner and it didn’t end well for me. I kind of got the worst of it, both times.”
Despite the frustrations, Pulling remains upbeat after a positive first weekend in the series and is concentrating on taking the experience forward into the next triple header at Brands Hatch (GP) this weekend (08-09 August) – and believes podium results are entirely possible this time around.
“The positive to take from the weekend is we had the race pace and I was moving forward,” she explained.
“It’s all just a learning experience and I think I’ve taken in a lot and will carry it into next weekend and try to improve in qualifying. It’s Brands Hatch GP next weekend. I’m quite confident, I know that I can race, and I can race really well after this weekend.
“We’ve just got to get that qualifying right. I’m just going to fully commit, and I want to show people what I can do. I know that I can get on the podium, it’s just a matter of getting a bit of luck on my side as well.”