After achieving a top five finish at the previous round of the Italian CSAI Karting Championship, James Pull returned for Round 5 in high spirits. Held at the Kartodromo Val Vibrata track in Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata over 26 – 28 August, the 11-year-old Singapore-based karter had an incident-filled race weekend but still managed to finish 16th out of the 48-driver field in the 60 Mini category.
“It was a tough weekend but I have learned a lot from it and will take this to the next race,” Pull commented. Racing under the tutelage of Oliver Oakes (2005 CIK-FIA Karting World Champion) with the support of Luxor Racing Team, Pull has gained significant experience at his European stints this season.
Pull qualified in 25th place half a second off pole position, before going into two rounds of heats. Starting 17th in Heat 1, Pull worked his way to 9th place but was unable to avoid a collision when a driver spun in front of him. This caused Pull to lose time and places and he eventually finished the heat in 26th place.
In Heat 2 Pull started in 17th again and this time did much better by finishing in 8th place. With an overall standing of 22nd place from the combined heats results, Pull started in 22nd for the first final and finished 20th. From 20th on the grid for the second final, Pull was up to 12th by the second lap. However, he got caught in a pile-up three laps later and lost seven places. By the end of the race he recovered to finish in 16th.
During his Europe trip, Pull also raced in a round of the 2011 ABkC Dunlop Formula (Comer) Cadet National Kart Championship on 20-21 August at Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorset. Unfortunately he had to retire on lap one of the final when his engine chain came off.
Next, Pull will be back in Asia for the last round of the Rotax Asia Zone Challenge and Rotax Malaysia Challenge series on 17 – 18 September. Currently the championship leader for the Cadet category and driving for John King’s Dash Racing, Pull is aiming for a good weekend to complete the Rotax series. He will return to Europe in late September for the last rounds of the WSK Master Series and Italian CSAI Karting Championship.
2010 was Pull’s first time competing in the full season of the Yamaha SL Cup Malaysia and the Asian Karting Open Championship. Eventually finishing second overall in both series, Pull gained tremendous racing experience and he even led both Championships at certain points of the season.