Successful karter Tommy Foster made his single-seater debut with Oldfield Motorsport in this weekend’s Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600 round at Donington Park, saying he “loved” driving a FF1600 car.
The 16-year-old is a member of the Young Racing Driver Academy, which is linked to Formula 2 and GP3 team Arden. Foster won this year’s British and English Open karting championships, and has represented Great Britain in international karting competitions.
“I have been testing Formula Renault with Arden [this year] while I completed my final year in karting and GCSEs,” Foster told FF1600website.
“I very much want to race in single-seaters and my next step after passing my ARDS test was to race in National races to earn signatures on my upgrade card.
“James Oldfield [Oldfield Motorsport boss] is established within FF1600 and connected to Arden Motorsport as a mechanic for Formula 4 so it was a natural progression to race in FF1600 in his team.
“I tested for the first time on Friday and loved the car. It was a difficult learning curve from paddle shift to H box and no downforce, especially in such awful weather, which is why it was a joint decision that I would start from the back in the first race because it was my first ever car race.
Foster qualified 20th in his first competitive session, and his back-of-the-grid start resulted in a 17th place finish. That was followed by a 21st and 15th. Considering the treacherous weather and Foster’s lack of experience, it was a competent performance.
“The third race of the weekend, on Sunday morning, was in torrential conditions. I started in 21st and managed to be in 15th before the race was red flagged for safety reasons.
“I had a great weekend, managed to bring the car home safely and improve my knowledge of the car each session. James Oldfield and his father Pete couldn’t have been better in providing me with a great car and brilliant support.
“I am now really looking forward to [Champion of] Brands Hatch in three weeks. Still no plans for next year but it will definitely be in a single-seater.”