Racer snapped up by top Academy
A LOCAL student is continuing on the road to Formula 1 by signing to the Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA), owned and operated by the brother of Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner.
Tommy Foster, 14, has joined Jamie Horner’s YRDA which forms part of Arden Motorsport, owned by Christian and his father Garry, who run cars in the Formula 4, GP2 and GP3 single seater racing series.
Alongside studying at Treviglas Community College, Tommy finished the 2016 karting season as the English Champion and seeded eighth in the Super One Series, quite an achievement for a driver who gives up to three years of experience on some of his rivals.
He was spotted by Jamie in the early part of last year while racing at Rowrah Kart Circuit in the Lake District and was offered a place in the academy. Since then, Tommy has been a regular visitor to the Arden Motorsport Factory in Oxfordshire to train on the F4 Simulator, producing such impressive sessions that Arden are now keen to track test him and race him in earnest aged just 15.
Tommy will mix the Super One Kart Series 2017 season with Formula 4 track tests ahead of stepping up to the British F4 calendar in 2018. Tommy's journey could find him racing in GP3, a feeder series for the GP2 Series and the perfect training ground for life in Formula One, around the streets of Monaco as early as 2019.
He already carries the prestigious endorsement of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the only British driver to do so, after first becoming interested in racing whilst spending time in the Principality. The Prince, a family friend, follows Tommy's career closely.