The Formula 4 British Championship starts this weekend for former Bourne Academy pupil Abbi Pulling
Former Bourne Academy pupil Abbi Pulling is targeting a title tilt as her Formula 4 British Championship campaign gets underway this weekend.
The 18-year-old starts her season at Thruxton on Saturday and is aiming to continue her development after another terrific 12 months despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The JHR Developments driver was recognised at the end of the 2020 campaign by being awarded the Joe Tandy Memorial Trophy for her performances over the tricky, shortened campaign.
She also became the highest-finishing female driver in the series, beating her own record by taking second place at Thruxton in September.
Pulling said: “It’s obvious I am going for the title this season.
“I am firing on all cylinders and I don’t think people are ready for what they are in for, so I think it will be a good and successful year.
“We start at Thruxton which is a circuit I am confident at and I got my best finish there last year.
“It won’t be easy and there’s lots of work to put in, but if we keep it at a high level behind the scenes, I think it will be a good first round.
“There’s a new fully reversed grid race which will be interesting, but I am confident I can make some good moves.
“All in all, I am ready, prepared for round one, and can’t wait to get started.”
Pulling also made her debut appearance in the Formula Renault Eurocup at the end of last season, driving at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, at Imola in support of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
With another test in one of those cars, now known as the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, the talented youngster had opportunities to race elsewhere, but decided to return to JHR Developments.
She explained: “We tried a few bigger cars in the off-season, including testing at Valencia in the Formula Regional by Alpine car.
“It was a positive day but it’s also a massive financial step, so we thought it was best to come back here and have a title run as we have a really good chance this year.
“I am confident in myself and I learned a lot in the winter. The team is doing a great job and I think we can be at the front.
“Last season I was there, and I have improved a lot as a driver, so it is all coming together.
“We had other offers, but I have such a good relationship with the team, and they know what they’re doing, that there wasn’t any hesitation to return to JHR.”