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DRIVER NEWS 13 OCTOBER, 2015 – James Pull was delighted to wrap up his single-seater debut season with a strong performance. Having turned 16 last week, the Fortec driver delivered a podium challenging sixth-place finish at Brands Hatch in the final race of the MSA Formula Championship’s inaugural year.
It left the ADD Motorsports-supported racer in 10th place overall in the championship after four podiums during the season and some polished performances that cemented his reputation as one to watch for the future.
He now hopes the experience will lay the foundations for the competition that comes next in his driving career. He said: “It was great to finish with a bit of a bang. I wanted to end the season on a high in the same way it began, so it was really pleasing. I came into my rookie season in cars with a plan to learn and develop myself as a driver and I feel what I have learnt – even on this last weekend – goes beyond even my expectations. Now I will push on from here and be challenging for whatever championship we decide on for 2016.”
James – the English driver born in Singapore and now living in Herts – was fast in both practice and qualifying. Despite it being his first outing at Brands Hatch GP, he was seventh fastest on both his qualifying laps.
Starting sixth in his first race he started very well and held his position for the first half of the race. But then he and another driver made contact, losing him vital seconds and leaving him in tenth place at the finish line.
He got off to another good start in the second race and from his 10th place position, finished ninth. But he saved his best for last, finishing sixth in the final race on Sunday, but in a chasing group where third to seventh place were neck-and-neck and could have gone any way.
He added: “I wanted to be more aggressive this weekend and it really made a difference. I felt I got a lot out of it. My race craft has improved significantly and I have to thank the guys at Fortec for all their hard work in this area.”
Reflecting on his exciting season and looking to the future, James added: “I’ve really enjoyed this season, the four podiums at Donington Park and Brands Hatch (Indy) are the highlights. I would like to thank the guys at JTR for that. The season started really well and although mid-season was tough, it has ended positively. I’m really pleased with tenth place overall considering this was my first season in cars. I want to thank my family and teams for all their support over the year. I plan to can keep moving in the right direction next season.”