Karting champion Tommy Foster, who made his single-seater debut in BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 last year, will race for Arden in British Formula 4 this season.
The 16-year-old, a member of the Arden-affiliated Young Racing Driver Academy, joined Oldfield Motorsport for the final National round of 2018 at Donington Park. He then entered the final Champion of Brands round, where he showed strong pace, then took a win, pole and fastest lap in the Anglesey Winter FF1600 races.
“I am delighted to have graduated from karting with the Arden team,” commented Foster.
“I know them very well from my time with the YRDA and am looking forward to enjoying maiden season success in F4 with them and relish the challenge ahead.”
In addition to his three weekends of FF1600 race experience, Foster has been able to get testing miles in Formula Renault 2.0, BRDC British Formula 3 and F4 machinery over the last year.
Foster, who is also endorsed by Price Albert II of Monaco, won last year’s British and English Open karting championships, and has represented Great Britain in international karting competitions prior to making his car racing debut.
“We have been monitoring Tommy’s progress for some time and following on from his glittering karting career have been very impressed with his pace and professionalism in testing,” Arden team boss Garry Horner said.
“We look forward to seeing him carrying this form into the 2019 F4 championship as an Arden driver.”
Other FF1600 stars to have raced in British F4 in the past include Formula Ford Festival winner Josh Smith, SMRC Scottish FF1600 champion Ross Martin and Jamie Sharp.