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Pulling makes history as first female winner in ROKIT British F4

Formula 4
May 14, 2024

Rodin Motorsport returned to British F4 action this weekend with another strong display in the second round of the championship at Kent's Brands Hatch Circuit on their Indy layout, with three podiums and plenty of strong points finishes for the team. Alex Ninovic started the weekend's racing off strongly with a second place finish in Race one while off the back of her success in Miami, Abbi Pulling made history becoming the first female racing driver to win in British F4, as she took her first victory in her Race two of the weekend, joined on the podium by Jack Sherwood in second. 

After the washout in Donington, the team was treated to heatwave conditions at Brands Hatch throughout the weekend, which started with Free Practice on Friday. The Rodin Motorsport package was immediately strong across the board, with Ninovic in the top three in both Friday Practice sessions, topping the times in FP1 and second in FP2. The opening practice was especially strong for the team, with all four drivers in the top ten, with James Higgins joining Ninovic in the top three. 

Morale and pace were high heading into Saturday's qualifying session, which saw the driver's two fastest laps count towards the race grids across the weekend. Around the short Indy layout of Brands Hatch, times were tight across the field with the whole grid being separated by under eight-tenths of a second and Ninovic narrowly missing out on the pole by six-hundredths of a second. Track limits were the story of the session, with several drivers having lap times removed due to infringements.

Later that day, Race one saw a podium finish from Ninovic who managed to hold firm in his starting position of second while elsewhere on the grid, strong races for both Higgins and Sherwood saw them both gain places to bring home a strong haul of points. Higgins, who remained in the points all weekend maximised his afternoon climbing from eighth to fifth, whilst Sherwood made up four places from tenth to sixth. Rounding out a full points finish for the team, Pulling made her way up to seventh in a strong four-car showing for Rodin Motorsport. 

Heading into Sunday and the reverse grid Race two etched into the history books with another lights to flag victory for Pulling, this time in British F4 machinery. Pulling maximised on a tough qualifying, making the most of the reverse grid opportunity and rising to the occasion, finishing 5.5 seconds ahead of teammate Sherwood in second. Sherwood managed to leapfrog August Raber to claim the P2 and the extra point for the position. Just off the podium positions, another strong race for Higgins saw him gain four places to end the race in fourth. 

The British F4 team will be out again towards the end of the month for the third round of the season at Snetterton.