Abbi Pulling / TKM Junior (Full works assisted)
I started racing in 2012, just before my 9th birthday, racing a cadet 6bhp kart for 8-13 yr olds, taking my first podium 3 months later. I won the Trent Valley Kart club winter series 2012/2013.
In the cadet classes I set fastest laps, had numerous heat wins and podiums and set lap records at Fulbeck and Rowrah.
In early 2015 due to my growth spurt, the decision was made to immediately switch to the Junior TKM class for 11-17 yr olds, moving onto a full size chassis with a TKM 15bhp engine. Quite a step up. We decided to purchase a used Tal-Ko Veloce chassis and TAG BT82 engine. Both proved to be very fast.
Despite minimal testing I competed in the Super One round at Buckmore Park, setting fastest lap during the race, only being pipped by 0.05 sec for that honour in the last lap. Again at the S1 round at Larkhall in Scotland, I just missed qualifying on pole by 0.01.
At Kimbolton I qualified on pole for both the TKM Maxxis Festival and the British Open championship, taking my first national ‘A’ race win at this event.
At the S1 round at Shenington I set fastest lap in all 4 races, led my first British championship final and stood on the podium for the first time with a very close 2nd place finish. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TdNMlgU9zs
Abbi's hidden talent, natural on a horse from 3 years old, until horsepower took over. Also plays for the school football team. Mum Karen and sister Jaime are both still equestrian based. Dad Andy is a former champion on 4 wheels as well as 2, taking a number of Oval racing titles in the 80's then on 2 wheels in 2005, winning on a 750 Suzuki.
Being picked to be part of the Tal-Ko Racing Team has been the highlight of my karting career. The whole team work very well together are very supportive of each other. Racing with Tal-Ko is fun but the desire to win and prove the equipment is the driving force and so I will do my best in 2016 to succeed.
To start 2016 off for Abbi she was presented with the following 2015 awards at the BWRDC: Kartsport Trophy for highest points scorer, Best Junior Driver & The Mary Wheeler Memorial Trophy for overall club champion, the youngest ever by miles. Abbi finish 2nd in the 2016 British Junior TKM S1 Championship.
2017 Abbie will again compete in Junior TKM.