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Joey Foster sitting out National FF1600 to hone Firman chassis

Formula Ford 1600 stalwart Joey Foster will be absent from the 2019 Avon Tyres BRSCC National championship, but plans to return for the FFord Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy events.

Foster’s plan for 2019 is to spend as much time as possible testing the Firman that he used at the 2018 Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy, in order to pose a serious challenge at the end-of-season marquee events in 2019, along with a possible National title tilt in 2020.

“We had such a good run in the Firman last year that we decided to stick at it,” Foster told FF1600website.com.

“We could see some potential, so we just want to see exactly how far we can take it. Obviously, Luke (Williams) did well in the car a couple of years ago so we know it’s there, it’s just we had such limited running prior to the Festival, we were up against it slightly.

“I’ll try to do some tests throughout the year, confirm what we’re thinking, then we can turn up at the Festival with a bit of pace, show what we can do.

“We’ll get the car where it should be, have a run at the end of the season and then maybe go to a full crack at the National championship next year, but that’s all to be decided really.”

The car will be run once again by Don Hardman. British Formula Ford legend and car preparer Hardman, alongside Keith Bodicoat, has worked closely with Foster for several seasons.

“Don just loves going racing. As long as we can afford to do so, then I think he’ll be keen,” said Foster.

“I think I can persuade him to come out of retirement once again.

“It’s the same for Keith (Bodicoat). Keith just loves being part of it, developing things and working with me. I love working with him. We seem to get on all right and move things forward with the car. The Firman’s a new challenge for us both.”

Foster will also be coaching Josh Mason in BRDC Formula 3. Mason had competed part-time in BARC Classic FF1600 last year in order to gain signatures for his license, and Foster is quietly impressed by his latest charge.

“Josh is really inexperienced but he’s got the drive and will to succeed, so I think he’ll make some good strides this year and hopefully we can get him into the top ten.”

Aside from FF1600, there may be some sportscar racing on the horizon for Foster.

“There’s talk of going out in some Radical races maybe, but that depends on loads of other factors.”

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