Report supplied by driver’s PR
DRIVER NEWS 25 AUGUST, 2015 – James Pull was pleased to put in his best performance since Donington in the MSA Formula Championship. The 15-year-old driver’s switch to Fortec earlier in the month paid dividends as he drove with renewed confidence and purpose at the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland.
And the ADD Motorsports-supported racer was rewarded with a sixth place finish in Race 1 – and the prospect of further improvement as he gets to grips with his new car and team.
The English driver, born in Singapore and now living in Herts, said: “We are looking to the future and felt that a move to Fortec at this time was the best option for me. They are a highly successful team and I am enjoying working with them. I would like to thank JTR for all they have done in helping me get four podiums so far and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.
“I was really excited going into Knockhill, as it was a new challenge, a new team and a new car and I was pleased with the progress we made. The pace was there all weekend and it was great to finish so strongly in the first race.”
James used the practice sessions to get familiar with the new car and the more confident he got, the faster his times were. The driver was running fourth in qualifying before losing some of the momentum when a red flag came out on his flying lap.
But he was happy to qualify in seventh place for the first race and ninth for the final race. The seventh place, again, his best qualifying position since Donington.
James didn’t get off to the best of starts in the first race – understandably as he was still getting to grips with Fortec’s different techniques. But he kept improving as the race went on to take sixth place at the end.
The reverse grid for the second race saw James start third. Unfortunately, while in fifth position and with just five minutes to go, he attempted to overtake another driver who had gone off the track just as he was trying to get back on at a slower speed. This squeezed James onto the grass, off the track and into the barriers.
Despite valiant work by the team, James was unable to compete in the third race due to damage to the car from the incident in the second race. Even after the disappointment of the last two races, James was in high spirits and confident of improving further with his new team.
He added: “The incident in Race 2 was disappointing, but I’m extremely happy with the team. I’m confident things will keep going in the right direction at Rockingham and I plan to be competing for podiums there and for the rest of the season.”