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DRIVER NEWS 29 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – James Pull hopes to finish the season as he started it, after a ‘crazy’ weekend in the MSA Formula Championship. The 15-year-old Fortec driver had a difficult time at Silverstone with gearbox issues, leaving him unable to compete at the levels he would have liked.
But as the championship moves on to Brands Hatch for the final weekend, he is determined to stay positive and aims to end the season on a high. The ADD Motorsports-supported racer said: “It was a pretty crazy weekend. One of the most dramatic I have ever been involved in. Results weren’t great for us, but even with the gearbox issues I was having, I could have finished with a podium in the final race with a bit more luck.
“The team did everything they could to help sort out the issues, but it was just one of those things. I was a lot more aggressive this weekend in my approach and I came away with plenty of positives.”
After a good practice session featuring pacey times, the team was hoping qualifying would be the same. But after a change in set-up, James began experiencing issues with the gearbox and he could only qualify in 14th and 15th place, which put him on the back foot for the remainder of the weekend.
Starting 15th, the English driver, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, managed to get up to tenth by the chequered flag in the first race. He started tenth on the reverse grid of the second race, but despite a decent start kept losing time through the same gearbox issues and finished 17th.
The third race was the most dramatic, with crashes and incidents leading to just 10 drivers finishing. James started in 14th and did well to avoid a couple of crashes ahead of him.
Due to a mixture of the chaotic nature of the race and some good driving, he made his way up to fourth place. But with two laps to go, with one mirror folded down, he was unable to sight another driver coming through on a corner. They collided and James was left with a broken rear suspension and a DNF.
He added: “To be in fourth place and to go out like that was very disappointing. After the last few months it would have meant a lot to have the chance of a podium. We now head to Brands Hatch which is one of my favourite tracks. Hopefully, we can finish the season how we started it.”