Pullinger races through to World Grand Finals in USA

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Sible Hedingham’s Barrie Pullinger, 21, has qualified for the most prestigious karting event of the year, the World Grand Finals.

The race ace, business manager for Pullinger Motorhomes in Halstead, picked up the qualifying points he needed at the Benelux Championships in Genk, Belgium, to qualify for the finals in New Orleans in November.

He races a 125 cc sequential gearbox DD2 class Rotax-powered kart, run by Dan Holland Racing from the Whilton Mill Kart Circuit near Daventry.

Places in the world finals, which are sponsored and run by Rotax, engine suppliers to the karting world, were available for the top two drivers in the Benelux Championship, staged over six events (12 races) in Belgium and France.

Pullinger qualified to start every race from the front row at Genk and took three second places and a win in the last final on a very wet track to overtake more fancied drivers on their home circuit.

That spectacular win meant he had won the weekend overall and finished second in the championship, only gaining enough points by winning the last race.

He will now battle other drivers who have qualified from more than 30 other countries worldwide.

Pullinger said: “It is a 
great opportunity for me now to go to the USA against the rest of the world’s best and 
try to become world champion.”

His racing is helped by the family business, Pullingers Leisure Vehicles at Bluebridge in Halstead and Dethleffs of Germany, manufacturers of one of the brands of motor homes they sell.

The world championships can be watched live online, as can the final round of the European Championships in France tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.