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Foster fends off Cowley in epic first semi

Joey Foster secured a place on the Formula Ford Festival front row at Brands Hatch by taking victory in an eventful first semi-final.

Foster started from second place in his Ray, just behind polesitter Matthew Cowley in his Van Diemen.

The pair did battle for most of the NCPI Solutions-sponsored race, only stopping the fight during a safety car period.

Cowley got a good start from pole position and was able to hold on to the lead through Paddock Hill bend.

The order at the front remained stable until a safety car was called on lap two, to retrieve Oke Leuber’s Van Diemen from the Druids hairpin gravel.

Racing resumed on lap four, with Cowley, Foster and Keith Donegan battling spectacularly for the lead at the head of a train of cars that was 11 strong at times.

Donegan briefly took second place but Foster was able to retake the position at Clearways, demoting Donegan to third.

And after retaking second place, Foster made his move into first by passing Cowley with only a handful of laps remaining.

Foster was able to make a slight break before Cowley reeled him in to finish just 0.241 seconds behind.

Brothers Luke and Jason Cooper finished fourth and sixth, sandwiching Northern champion Joshua Smith.

Jordan Dempsey was seventh despite being involved in a late-race incident at Druids that put Jamie Thorburn out of the race.

Sebastian Melrose took eighth ahead of Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Team USA Scholarship winners Jonathan Kotyk and Aaron Jeansonne.

Peter Gillespie and Adam Quartermaine qualified for the final too by finishing in the top 12.

The other big name joining Thorburn in the Last Chance race was James Roe Jr, who ended up 15th after an incident-packed race in which he was sent spinning at Druids having charged into the podium fight.

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