February 4, 2019
Tommy’s karting pedigree will certainly make him one to watch in the championship this year. His first major success came back in April 2016 when he won the British Open Championship in Junior Max, an achievement he would go on to repeat the following year.
The16-year-old then won the Rotax Festival in August 2017 to qualify for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals and English Championship in Senior Rotax in October 2017 a race he took on in preparation for that Grand Finals event. It was his debut in the Senior class and it made him the first driver in history to hold both major titles in different classes at the same time! Shortly after Tommy was off to Portugal to represent Great Britain at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, an event described as the biggest in World Karting! However, his success didn’t just come at one off events, with Tommy also finishing 5th in the British championships.
Last year saw Tommy jumped up to the Senior Rotax class full time where the success continued. Tommy defended his English Championship title successfully plate which helped him make history once again as he became the first driver ever to have won back to back Junior then Senior plates. In the British Championship, he finished in 4th place out of over 80 competitors just 22 points behind the eventual champion.
With his eyes now firmly set on British F4 in 2019 Tommy needed some experience to get his licence ahead of the season opener in April. To do this Tommy turned to the Formula Ford class, a very difficult car to drive and perhaps the best thing to pedal to acquire the skills Tommy will need. Although his previous Formula Renault testing will certainly be a huge help to his progress too!
Tommy’s first race was at Donington Park in the British Racing and Sports Car Club's National series with a best result of 15th place. It was a great weekend from a development point of view with Tommy included in several battles. Tommy then went on to race at the Champions of Brands before going on to race at Anglesey in the BRSCC's Winter FF1600 series.
By the time Anglesey had come Tommy was now very confident with the car and it’s major differences between an F4 car. That confidence showed straight from the off with Tommy taking pole in qualifying and despite a bad start in race one Tommy went on to take his first victory. There was further glory for Foster as third place in the second race and the fastest lap of the weekend meant he won the Brian Linley Trophy.
However, the British F4 championship will present a completely new challenge. Racing on the TOCA support package Tommy will be racing live on ITV4 in front of crowds of 30,000 plus. A 30-round championship will allow chances for errors, but given his racing CV Tommy will have his eyes on podium and possibly race wins at the very least! Any success from Tommy will be not only big for him but for the Karting community! Racing as a Privateer throughout his career Tommy has never had the support of big teams and substantial budgets, but despite that he has still had success and is showing others in Karting that single seater racing can still be achieved even if you don’t have either of those.
The season kicks off at Brands Hatch on the 7th April and tickets for that event can be found here - https://brandshatch.msv.com/BH-19-BTCC
Tommy Foster: “I am delighted to have graduated from karting with the Arden team. I know them very well from my time with the YRDA and am looking forward to enjoying maiden season success in the F4 with them and relish the challenge ahead.”
Garry Horner, Arden Team Principal: “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. We look forward to seeing him carrying this form into the 2019 F4 Championship as an Arden driver.”
You can follow Tommy’s progress in 2019 right here on the YRDA website and through all our social media channels. To find out more about Tommy head to his dedicated driver page where you can find out more information on him which includes links to his website and social media channels.