Round 2: Rissington – 08/04/2017

The Super One Karting Championship started in March (Rowrah, 25/26th)! With her new number 2 plate, Abbi is competing for the win this year. Her class, Junior TKM, has 6 races throughout the year and on 8th April, I went to Round 2 at Rissington Kart Club in the Cotswolds.

Due to late developments and problems with equipment, I arrived at this event just before Abbi was to start heat 1. During qualifying, she earned 2nd spot on the grid meaning she will start 2nd for all 4 of her races throughout the weekend. After the rolling start, she went down to 6th due to a bit of trouble, but crawled back to 3rd during the lap. There was a continuous scrap for the lead within the top 3, and Abbi held 1st place for a while. But with a problem close to the end, she crossed the line a close 3rd place.

Heat 2 saw a problem, where another karter had gone off and the ambulance had to come across also (Motorsport is dangerous)! As the drivers waited patiently on the start line, they restarted the race and from there Abbi dominated in 1st place. Though, she had a problem with the carburetors on her last lap, meaning she was overtaken and finished a close 2nd.

I followed Abbi on and off track throughout the day, and you can clearly see how admired she is by others, in and out of the sport. Although, the camera followed and panned to her movements, I could still hear her name mentioned around me as she raced. In the engineers tents, I filmed as Abbi got a few visitors, including her Tal-ko sponsor, and head of media in Super One. They don’t have to check in, yet, they do when it comes to Abbi. They are ready to nurture her talent, and even caught “a potential Formula 1 driver in her.”

Both Abbi and Andy, as ever, are so lovely to be around, enthusiastic and passionate. Sunday saw Abbi dominate both races by finishing 1st and, therefore, now leads the Super One Championship!

Next up: Race 3 in Dorchester on 3-4th June!

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Autosport Show – 14/01/2017

The Autosport International Show at NEC Birmingham is one of the largest motorsport shows in Europe, and I had the pleasure to gain a media pass to document the event. Mainly to follow Abbi, we filmed her receive different awards and her interviews with other media peoples.

Our first stop was to the British Women’s Racing Driver’s Club Stand, where we met Lorraine Gathercole who is Vice Chair of the organisation. She then introduced us to the three nominees of the Gold Star Elite award: Trish Cecile-Pritchard, Kate Milner and Abbi Pulling! After a quick interview with the three of these (with our extremely limited equipment), we ran over to the MSA stand (Motorsport Association) to film the ceremony. Unfortunately, Abbi didn’t win, but the equally talented Kate Milner did and it was great to see Abbi nominated and recognised for her achievements in Super One.

The MSA also had a Karting Magazine presentation, where Abbi received an award also. After this, we head over to the Super One stand for the official award ceremonies, where we saw Abbi was given her trophy for coming second and her new “Number 2” plate, which she will ride with on her kart this year.

One thing we gained, is that Abbi had changed her tune a little from when I last spoke to her in September. She now is pursuing becoming a Formula 1 driver as her ultimate goal. This is an exciting new dynamic for the documentary!

The Super One season starts March, where we will be following Abbi during her racing season!

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Wyedean Rally – 12/11/2016

Up at the crack of dawn for a drive deep into the Forest of Dean, today was a first step into another segment of the documentary: Rallying. As well as following our main subject in the karting world, it’s equally important to show the world of rallying and the women competing there.

Firstly, Rallying is not circuit racing like F1, karting etc. It’s terrain focused, point A to point B timed driving and set out in stages. There are normally six stages per rally event, each different locations. Wyedean’s were all in the Forest of Dean, near a place called Mitcheldean and primarily gravel terrain.

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The driver we met with was Sara Williams, probably the most successful female rally driver in the UK right now, who has won events and can be spotted in her white and pink Subaru Impreza. After collecting our passes, she met us in the car park and chatted. The plan was to film stages 1 and 4 (once finished, she run the 2nd and 3rd stages straight after each other, and we wouldn’t have time to get to 2 and 3), but before going to number, we’d come back to the services during their hour break to do a short interview with her.

 

Watching and filming the rallying was one of the most fascinating and coolest moments of my life so far. My crew wasn’t sure what rallying was until this point, and I’d told them it was dangerous, so they needed to have their wits about them – and at one point this came into practice when a rogue Ford Escort came off the track and into the crowd nearly killing our sound man!

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Unfortunately, we got trapped in the rally stages and couldn’t make it back to the services in time for the interview, so decided to stay for stage 4 and watch Sara run again. Unfortunately, also, we didn’t see Sara start, and after speaking to multiple marshals and trying not to be ran over, Sara had had an accident during an earlier stage and was forced to retire.

Overall, we didn’t get what we came for, but it was such a fun experience and truly epic to be so close to the rally! I’ve discussed with Sara that we’ll definitely rearrange to interview her soon, probably sometime in the new year.

More pics soon!!!

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Crew selfie from left to right: Jamie (Sound), Oscar (Camera 1), James (Camera 2), Emily (Producer) and Me (Director / Camera 3)

Start Your Engines: a Karting Documentary

So I thought I would post something a little different today…

This is a short documentary, myself and 3 friends were responsible for making! This version from friend/camera guy Tom on YouTube is the version we submitted and won ‘Best First Year Documentary’ last year at University! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it!

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