NEWQUAY racing prodigy Tommy Foster helped drive Team GB to a silver medal at the Rotax Kart World Finals in Portugal.

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Racer drives British team to silver medal

By Tom Howe 22nd November 2017

Racer drives British team to silver medal
TOP GEAR: Newquay racing prodigy Tommy Foster helped drive Team GB to a silver medal at the Rotax Kart World Finals in Portugal.

NEWQUAY racing prodigy Tommy Foster helped drive Team GB to a silver medal at the Rotax Kart World Finals in Portugal.

Foster, 15, earned the right to represent his country at the prestigious event after a successful season on four wheels in which he won the English Championship and signed to the Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA), owned and operated by the brother of Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner.

A unique event, the Rotax World Finals pit the best kart drivers from around the world against each other in identical vehicles, thus creating a truly level playing field. Each team have their own managers and data analysers trackside, but the karts and engines are the same.

Despite having only four test sessions to learn the track and the new kart, Treviglas Community College student Tommy topped the qualifying standings, beating 71 drivers from 59 nations in his first foray into competition outside of the UK.

Mum Jane told the Newquay Voice: "To qualify on pole was absolutely unbelievable because Tommy had never even raced in Europe before. He took the front row beside the twice European champion.

"To see Tommy start the race from P1 was probably the proudest and most terrifying moment that we have had whilst Tommy has been competing. It was the first time in the history of the event that a true privateer had achieved the position."

Opting against a large team, Tommy works solely with father Robin. With his son out on track, Robin took the information on the kart's performance to alter the vehicle's carburation, gearing, steering and tyre pressure - the only changes permitted by the organisers.

Tommy was expected to be overtaken on the first lap due to slipstream, with two of the Dutch team expected to work together to get past Team GB's star driver. However, he led for six laps before they could get by. He slotted into third and settled down to take advantage of their slipstream for a few laps before mounting a counter-attack.

Unfortunately, a misjudged manoeuvre by an Australian driver took them both off the circuit. Tommy came back on the track around 30th position but drove brilliantly to recover to 17th before the chequered flag fell.

Jane continued: "He was naturally gutted but we have the achievement of pole position to take away. He was also the highest contributor to the British team bringing home silver in the overall event. Second from 59 nations is very impressive."

Back in Britain, Tommy is still testing for Arden and Jamie Horner who has reserved a seat for him in the Formula Four team for the 2018 season. However, Tommy is chasing a corporate partner who is interested in motorsport to help fund and nurture his undoubted talent.

If you are interested in sponsoring Tommy and would like more information, email tommyfoster8708@gmail.com or jamie@tbosglobalglobal.com.

TOP GEAR: Newquay racing prodigy Tommy Foster helped drive Team GB to a silver medal at the Rotax Kart World Finals in Portugal.

By Tom Howe 22nd November 2017

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