Collecting fourth place in the 2016 F4 British Championship has earned James Pull a promotion within the Carlin team to race in the BRDC British F3 Championship next year. He becomes the second driver to be announced for the 2017 season.
Pull, who was born in Singapore, races under a UK licence and this season picked up two wins from eight podiums in British F4. He remained a strong championship contender until the penultimate round of the season finishing as the second highest Carlin driver behind champion Max Fewtrell.
The 17-year-old also made a one-off appearance for the British F3 Carlin team at Donington Park. After spending the weekend getting use to the car he finished twice in eleventh, before taking an eighth place in the final encounter, just two places behind team-mate Ricky Collard.
More recently, he also competed in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy. Pull had a strong opening race, finishing fifth, but a mediocre result in the second encounter followed by a lap one crash in race three, resulted in Pull only recording eighth place in the Trophy standings.
Pull said: “I can’t wait for the upcoming season racing in a higher category. Last year with the Carlin F4 team was a fantastic experience and they are a great group of people to work with so I’m looking forward to building on this in BRDC British Formula 3 and on their success.”
Carlin’s Racing Director Trevor Carlin added: “We are delighted to welcome James back for a second season with us here at Carlin. We had a great season together this year in the F4 British Championship which has given us a great platform as we head in to the 2017 season in BRDC British Formula 3.
“James has consistently shown his speed throughout the year and we’re pleased to welcome him back to the fold for the upcoming season following two solid outings in the Formula 3 car earlier in the year.”
He’s the second driver to be announced for 2017, with Jordan Cane already confirmed at Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing. The season itself starts in April at Oulton Park.