Teaming up with the Carlin squad once more, James Pull hit the track for the BRDC F3 season opener at Oulton Park this weekend. In a thrilling display of his budding talent and a mouthwatering collection of overtakes, James fought to scale the podium twice, alongside his Carlin teammates.
Topping the time sheets on Friday, the British racing driver made his mark with a promising showing of pace in testing. With the top ten covered by less than a second, James qualified fifth, with an exciting battle ahead, the born racer was eager to get back out on track to really get the 2017 season underway.
Following damage made to the crash barriers in the support race, Saturday’s schedule was postponed to make way for a 3-race bumper edition on Monday. Setting the crowd up for an exciting start to the BRDC F3 championship, as the fresh young grid showcased their steeled grit in a demanding first outing.
With a dampened track for race one, James put on a stunning display of precision as he powered his way around the 2.6-mile Cheshire circuit to third place. Hot on the heels of his Carlin teammate Ahmed, the duo pressured pole-sitter Toby Sowery from the get-go. Eventually the Lanan driver made a mistake going into Cascades, making way for James to sweep to a superb second place.
With the grid on slicks and a wet track for race two, the pack powered off the line, confident in his abilities James made great strides in making up two places, before an opening lap incident forced the red flag to fall. With the track cleared for racing, the grid lined up once more for a shortened 4 lap dash to the flag. Hungry as ever, the Singapore-born driver carved his way past Kjaergaard, before hounding the tail of O’Keeffe and Hingeley, using every inch of the track to find a way through. With just 4 laps cutting the thrilling battle short, James settled for fourth, determined to fight back in the final race.
Drying conditions set the scene for third and final race, with his Carlin team-mates on the front row, 5th placed James had everything to play for. With another podium in his sights, he spearheaded his attack on Ismail and Kjaergaard ahead, judging his moves to perfection, he soon climbed to third. Managing the threat from behind, meant the win was just out of reach, but in a promising display of sheer talent and speed, James clinched the illustrious 1-2-3 for the team.
Speaking off the back of a challenging first foray into BRDC British F3:
“I’m pleased this weekend was a solid start, showing a lot of potential. Whilst I was disappointed with my qualifying performance, I fought back and had some great racing. It’s a shame race two was cut short as I felt I could have challenged for P2 quite easily. With some areas to improve for Rockingham, I’m looking forward to a good year of racing!”
The BRDC F3 Championship next races into action at Rockingham on 29th-30th April. Earning 71 points in his first time out, James Pull begins his season in a solid second place. With such a strong start, he looks ahead to close the gap to teammate Ahmed and chase his first victory.