18th March 2021
Multiple BRDC British Formula 3 race winner Louis Foster will drive for the reigning champion CryptoTower Racing Team backed by the prestigious Motopark squad for a step up to the Euroformula Open Championship in 2021.
Foster - sponsored and backed by Copart, a global leader in vehicle remarketing and recycling - was the runner-up in the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship during his first year of car racing, before taking six wins in his first taste of single-seaters in British F4 the following year.
His main campaign in 2020 was his first in BRDC British F3 where Foster - studying at Lord Wandsworth College alongside his racing commitments - finished third after three wins, four poles and six podiums as the championship's best rookie.
Having raced for Double R in his first two seasons of single-seater racing in the UK, the ambitious Brit will maintain his record of making a huge step up in series each year, racing in Europe full-time for the first time in his career in 2021.
“I am really excited about racing Euroformula with CryptoTower Racing Team,” said Foster.
“I have learnt a great deal in British F4 and BRDC British F3 and in particular I would like to thank Double R for everything they have done for me over the last 2 years.
“I am ready for this next step in my career and I can’t wait to start working with Motopark in preparation for the season ahead.
“It will be a challenge going to so many new circuits but I am looking forward to driving the Dallara 320 again and see what we can achieve together this season.
“I would like to thank my sponsors Copart, Chambers, Poggesi, Prosperity and Novara for their support this year.
“I really appreciate their commitment to me and it’s great to have them all onboard and part of my team.”
During the truncated 2020 season, Hampshire-based Foster won races in the Australasia-based MRF Challenge and in a brief appearance in the Euroformula Open Championship when he won on his debut at Spa.
The CryptoTower Racing Team entered Euroformula Open for the first time last year, and with a technical alliance with Motopark, it won the championship at its first attempt.
It was the first Japanese team to enter Euroformula Open and is headed by team principal Kazuya Sakamoto, based out of Motopark’s German headquarters.
Motopark has played a role in developing top drivers all over motorsport, including current Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen,Valtteri Bottas and Yuki Tsunoda, as well as reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa.
The Motopark team’s experience in developing young talent should be the perfect place for the ambitious Foster to reach his potential.
“We are very happy to have Louis driving for CryptoTower Racing Team in 2021,” said Motopark boss Timo Rumpfkeil.
“His performance in Spa 2020 has obviously caught our attention big time.
“We were able to perform a series of very productive tests in winter last year with Louis. I am sure that he will be a very strong contender for the 2021 Euroformula Open championship and we are looking forward to equal our 2020 successes with Louis at the wheel."
The championship is set to compete at nine venues in 2021 with 27 races across Europe. The first round will take place at Portimao on the same weekend as Formula 1, meaning Louis will get the chance to impress the team bosses in motorsport’s most prestigious paddock.
Notes to editor
Louis Foster is a 17-year-old British racing driver from Hampshire aiming to take the racing world by storm. Son of British Touring Car and GT racer Nick Foster, Louis has been around motorsport for the majority of his life. Foster had a successful karting career before making his debut in Ginetta Juniors where he won nine races and scored 19 podiums in his first season. A step up to the British F4 championship delivered six wins and 13 podiums in his first season of single-seater racing, while his debut BRDC British F3 campaign kept up a 100% winning record in his car racing career with three victories and six podiums. Outside of motorsport Louis is a keen rugby and hockey player as well as enjoying off-road mountain biking and training in the gym. He studies at the Lord Wandsworth College near Farnham. Foster is sponsored by auction giant Copart, which sells over 350,000 cars per year. For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact: email@example.com Euroformula Open
The Formula 3-based championship was founded in 2009 and offers teams the opportunity to use engines produced by different manufacturers to power its Dallara 320 chassis. Racing with F3 cars two steps away from the upper echelons of F1, Euroformula Open is a more cost-effective model to the FIA Formula 3 equivalent. The Euroformula Open car was new for 2020 featuring the distinctive Halo head protection device and a stronger tub for driver protection. Despite the added weight of the safety features the car remains around 580kgs with horsepower in the region of 240. The series features three races per weekend shown on the Euroformula Open YouTube channel, and the current calendar features circuits that have all appeared in Formula 1 over the last two years. Provisional 2021 calendar 1-2 May Portimao 14-16 May Circuit Paul Ricard 18-20 June Spa-Francorchamps 09-11 July Hungaroring 23-25 July Imola 10-12 September Red Bull Ring 24-26 September Monza 22-24 October Barcelona Round 9: TBC
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