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F4 British Championship contender Abbi Pulling re-signs for the JHR Developments team

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Former Bourne Academy pupil Abbi Pulling has set her sights on F4 British Championship glory after re-signing for the JHR Developments team.

The 17-year-old enjoyed a sensational season last term and claimed the record for the highest finish for a female in the series.

Pulling was also awarded the Joe Tandy Memorial Trophy in recognition of her achievements in her rookie season in the championship where she raced alongside the Formula 1 World Championship in October and made a debut appearance in the Formula Renault Eurocup at Imola in Italy.

Abbi Pulling. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Abbi Pulling. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Pulling said: "Last year I gained lots of experience, so coming back and challenging for the title will be good.

"In the off-season, despite not being in the car, I think I have matured as a driver and understand everything more than I did last year.

"I feel confident in myself, the team, and the people I have around me, such as Gazing Performance Systems and Alice Powell, so it will be great to have all these people in my corner.

“Alice has so much experience in racing and is doing everything she can to pass that on to me, to help me get to the highest levels of motorsport, which I am so grateful for.

"We only started working together halfway through last season so to work together for the whole year fills me with confidence.

"My first day testing the car since November went really well and I felt like I did some of the best laps I have ever driven.

"The team and I worked on the set up, I was confident with the feedback I gave, and we just want to keep improving.

"I understand a lot more about how the car reacts and I have belief in my and the team’s ability."

Pulling started her racing career in karts before showing her potential in the Ginetta Junior and GT5 Challenge series.

Abbi Pulling. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Abbi Pulling. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

She then made the switch to single seaters with JHR for 2020, taking podium finishes at Brands Hatch (twice), Croft, and Thruxton, where her second place broke the record for the highest finishing position by a female in F4.

Team principal Steven Hunter commented: "We are really happy that Abbi is returning for another year in F4 with the team.

"Her talent and ability were clear for everyone to see and her ability to consistently make improvements in her rookie season was fantastic, so it was fitting she was given the Joe Tandy Memorial Trophy in recognition of that.

"She has had some seat time in more powerful machinery and that, coupled with how closely she works with Alice Powell, mean that her understanding of the car has increased significantly.

"She has gained confidence in herself and her abilities and we really just can’t wait to get out on track and see what she can achieve."

This season’s F4 British Championship opens at Thruxton over the weekend of May 8 and 9 with three races on the fastest circuit in the country, one where JHR Developments has claimed the past six race wins.

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