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News Archive > Sport > Local racer impresses in F4 test to earn 2018 drive offer

Local racer impresses in F4 test to earn 2018 drive offer

By Tom Howe 23rd August 2017

Local racer impresses in F4 test to earn 2018 drive offer
STUDENT DRIVER: Treviglas Community College´s Tommy Foster has caught they eye of Jamie Horner, brother of Red Bull F1 team principal Christian

LOCAL racer Tommy Foster has been offered a drive by Formula 4 outfit Arden Motorsport for the 2018 season.

Foster, the 2016 English Kart Champion, caught the eye whilst testing for Arden, completing two days at Rockingham and two days at the Croft Circuit.

The Treviglas Community College student set some impressive times in both wet and dry conditions and has now been offered a seat in the open-wheel racing car category, a proving ground for junior drivers, from next year.

His winter testing is currently being planned and Arden boss Jamie Horner, brother of Red Bull F1 team principal Christian, is actively looking for a corporate sponsor.

The team propose to fully wrap Foster’s car with the sponsor's logos and the Endorsement of Prince Albert II of Monaco. He is the only British driver to carry the Endorsement, after first becoming interested in racing whilst spending time in the Principality. The Prince, a family friend, follows Foster’s career closely.

Still only 15, Foster’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.

Back on the track, whilst recently racing at the Super One British Kart Grand Prix, Foster overcame a bad qualifying session to hold fourteenth position going into day two. He masterfully worked his way up through the heats to gain fourth for the final, which he started well and made progression through the field to take the lead until, unfortunately, a misjudged manoeuvre from a competitor took both himself and Foster off the circuit.

Foster showed great control to hold the vehicle over the grass and rejoined in eighth position with only two minutes and forty seconds to go. He drove brilliantly to gain six places and finish as vice champion in second place following a breathtaking race in which Foster was praised by the commentator and clerk of the course.

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By Tom Howe 23rd August 2017

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