Tommy Foster wins the British Open Championship

March 14, 2017

Karting

Sunday saw the annual ABkC O Plate meeting take place at the Rowrah circuit in Cumbria for the Junior Max, Mini Max, OK Junior and KZ1 class. It was a successful day for Young Racing Driver Academy member, Tommy Foster who cruised to a 3.68 second win in a tough field.

With the first round of Super One taking place at Rowrah this weekend it was a perfect result to prepare Tommy for the season ahead and it also means he can run the coveted O Plate for the next year.

Tommy qualified on the front row for the final, but quickly took the lead in the first couple of laps. In the process Tommy had gained a two second lead, but was caught by Jason Lockwood who came past ten laps in to the race. However, Tommy was in no mood to settle for 2nd and gained his lead straight back in a move that won him the race.

From that point onwards Tommy was not challenged as he went on to win in the challenging conditions by a comfortable 3.68 seconds. It’s the first big event of the year in the Junior Max calendar and with Tommy taking first blood, he’ll be seen as the favourite for the British Championship in his rival’s eyes.

After all, many who win the British Open Championship go on to win the British Championship in the same year. Tommy is the 16th different winner of the event in the Junior Max class and joins a list of winners that includes Adam Christodoulou, Ben Cooper, Ed Brand and Oliver Hodgson.

On the win Tommy commented: "It felt amazing to win, probably my best achievement yet. It has definitely changed my approach to this year, it has further improved my confidence for this year and I'm looking forward to it. We went up to Rowrah expecting a podium and a shot at the O Plate. It was a tough weekend not quite having the pace of some competitors but we worked through it and in the final I believed that I could win even without having the pace of others."

There were more good results for YRDA drivers in the IAME Cadet support race with Josh Irfan taking a podium. Josh went off pole position, but didn’t get the best start and eventually recovered to 3rd.

In the same class Luke Watts had an impressive outing finishing 5th place. Considering the quality of the 26 kart field, this has set both Josh and Luke up nicely for a promising start to the 2017 season.