Singapore, 19 September 2011 – After five exciting rounds of the 2011 Rotax Asia Zone Challenge and Rotax Max Challenge Singapore Series, James Pull ended the series as champion for the Rotax Max Challenge Singapore Series and in second place for the Rotax Asia Zone Challenge. The 11-year-old Micromax karter had a tough weekend at the final round last weekend at the Sepang International Go-kart Circuit in Kuala Lumpur as he had to contend with issues with his kart. Despite this Pull finished third in the race to secure a win in the Singapore Series Championship and runner-up spot in the Asia Zone Championship.
Pull qualified in seventh place as he struggled to get speed but raced well in the heats and put his kart on the front row of the grid for the pre-final. While the team worked hard to get more speed, Pull could only manage to finish fifth in the pre-final.
Starting fifth in a wet final, Pull soon made up places and found himself third by lap three and was chasing the race leaders down. At a crucial point in the race Pull encountered an unfortunate situation when he was blocked by a backmarker when lapping him and as a result, lost significant time. Pull spent the remainder of the race in hot pursuit of the leaders, clocking consecutive fastest laps in the process.
“The team tried everything but we could just not find enough speed in the dry. I was really hoping for rain as I like driving in the wet. We did get some rain for the final but I wished it had rained more,” Pull commented on the race.
He added, “It has been a great season and I am very happy to be champion for the Rotax Max Challenge Singapore Series and runner-up for the Rotax Asia Zone Challenge. It could have been better but there is always the next race and next season to look forward to. I would like thank my team John, Sem, Om as well as many others who have helped me this year.”
Driving for Dash Racing in Asia, Pull dominated the 2011 Rotax Asia Zone Challenge and Rotax Malaysia Challenge series, leading both championships all season going into the last round. Pull’s next race is this weekend at the final round of the World Karting Series (WSK) Master Series in Viterbo, Italy before heading to Ortona for the final round of the Italian CSAI Karting Championship the week after.
Pull is also driving for 2005 CIK-FIA Karting World Champion Oliver Oakes’ team in Italy. His first European appearance of the year was at Round 1 of the Italian CSAI Karting Championship in April in Naples. He then raced in Round 4 of the WSK Master Series in June in Siena and followed this up with his best finish in Europe to date at Round 3 of the Italian CSAI Karting Championship in early June in Viterbo, when he finished fourth.
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.