Singapore, 14 December 2010 - In his debut season of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC), James Pull finishes overall second in the Mini ROK category. Wrapping up the 2010 season at Kartrodomo de Coloane for the fifth and final round of AKOC held as part of the International Macau Kart Prix over the weekend, the 11-year-old Singapore-based cadet looks forward to an exciting season in 2011.
For the 2010 season, Pull competed in the full season of AKOC and Yamaha SL Cup – where he finished second overall for both championships – as well as made guest appearances at the Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia Championship and Singapore Karting Championship.
Over the weekend in Macau, testing was good as Pull was on the pace, but in qualifying he faced a setback as his kart had a fuel line problem that resulted in a loss of power. Starting in 12th for each of the three rounds of heats, Pull finished ninth in Heat 1 and seventh in both Heat 2 and Heat 3.
Finishing sixth in the pre-final put Pull in sixth on the grid for the final, but he incurred a 10-second penalty for a jump start and ultimately finished the race in eleventh place.
Commenting on the final race of this season, Pull said, “It wasn’t the best weekend I’ve had in terms of results and it was a pity I couldn’t put in a better performance to end the season well. Fortunately I had scored enough championship points over the previous four rounds to maintain my overall second position.”
“This year has been a real eye-opening experience both on and off the track, as I participated in my first regional race as well as my first European race. Next year will definitely be a lot more exciting and I can’t wait to go racing again soon!”
He also headed to Italy at the end of summer for as part of his development programme and gained tremendous exposure through participation at a World Series Karting Master Series race. 2011 will be Pull’s last year in the Cadet (under-12) category and also his third year racing karts. His next race will be the Rotax Invitational at Sepang, Malaysia on 8 – 9 January 2011.