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Abbi Pulling is a race winner in the British Formula Four Championship at Brands Hatch

Abbi Pulling has become the first ever female winner of a British Formula Four Championship race after she took her maiden victory in the series at the weekend.

Pulling's lights-to-flag triumph at Brands Hatch came after a dominant F1 Academy weekend in Miami where the driver from Gosberton took two wins.

The former Bourne Academy pupil is currently fifth in the British F4 standings and was thrilled at her achievement.

Abbi Pulling. Photo: Ian Ward
Abbi Pulling. Photo: Ian Ward

Speaking to ITV Motorsport after her race win, Pulling said: "It is a special moment for me.

"I competed in this championship a couple of years ago and my aim was always to set that record.

"I've finally done it and it was a special weekend."

The weekend started well for Pulling as she was consistently quick and ended up with the fourth fastest time.

Qualifying was not as strong for Pulling as she could only manage 12th place, however, the reverse grid format meant she would start the second race on pole.

In the opening race of the weekend, Pulling equalled her result from the last round of F4 at Donington Park with a seventh place finish.

Abbi Pulling. Photo: Ian Ward
Abbi Pulling. Photo: Ian Ward

In race two, starting from pole position, Pulling was able to establish a lead and successfully managed a safety car restart to maintain first place.

As the race drew to a close, Pulling had pulled out a 5.534 second lead over her Rodin Carlin team-mate Jack Sherwood and she set the fastest lap in the process.

Pulling had dominated race two and as such became the first female winner in the history of F4 which now has four lady drivers competing in the series.

Abbi Pulling. Photo: Ian Ward
Abbi Pulling. Photo: Ian Ward

She added: "It just goes to show that the other championship which I compete in - the F1 Academy - is bringing up female participation.

"There is such a buzz now around women in motorsport by bringing more participation and license holders in."

In the third race of the weekend, Pulling took sixth place meaning that she had a points finish in all three races. The next round is at Snetterton on May 25-26.

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