Pull puts in a strong fight at Snetterton
Returning to the Norfolk circuit for the second time in the 2017 season, James put all his experience into practice to lay down the gauntlet early on in qualifying. As track conditions developed, with the top 10 covered by less than a second, the three Carlin teammates continued to trade the top spot throughout the tantalisingly close qualifying session. With time ticking down, James eagerly looked to shed time on his early flying lap. The young British driver finished the session P4 earning himself a second row start for the first race of the weekend.
With a podium in sight, James pulled down his visor for Race One, eager to hunt for as many points as possible for his strong championship campaign. Mastering the start with supreme precision, James sped off the line to leap into third place as the field made their first loop of the 2.969 mile circuit. Pulling a gap to the chasing pack, on a track notorious for difficulty in overtaking, the 17-year-old easily held position and powered across the line to add a 13th trophy this year to his roster - his strong and consistent performance further continuing his run of podium appearances at each event.
Speaking off the back of another podium:“I’m happy to get another podium. I’ve been managing to get good starts all season, so I made a good start and got up to third on lap 1. But Enaam and Toby were quick to break away in front and so I was happy to take 3rd place.
With the sun beating down on Sunday morning, the crowds were set for another exciting battle as the championship hit fever pitch. Lining up in 6th on the reverse grid for Race Two, confident in his pace and ability, James launched off the line in signature style making up positions as he went. With the bit between his teeth, James swept through the opening sector and was up to 4th by turn 4 when a shunt from behind curtailed his chances before the race had really begun. Having to extract himself from the gravel pit, and with bent suspension, the resolute racer didn’t give in and pulled himself back into the points in 13th place.
Bouncing back from disappointment, Pull revelled in the challenge ahead as he took to the grid for the final race. Pushing for points from 11th on the grid, he rocketed his Carlin machine past Hingeley and Das into 7th position, in another strong start for the Brit. The race then ran on with little incident, to see James bring home a healthy haul of points off the back of a toilsome weekend.
“It’s been a tough weekend after the incident in Race Two which badly impacted that race and Race 3 for me, but I did all I could do. I’m looking forward to getting out at Donington for the final round, I just have to give it everything to secure 2nd place”
Although the chequered flag saw Ahmed seal the championship title, James Pull stalwartly looks ahead to the season finale at Donington Park on 23rd – 24th September, with full focus on ending his debut British F3 season as Vice-Champion.