18th May 2021
Euroforumula Open frontrunner Louis Foster made the most of another trip to an unknown circuit at Paul Ricard, picking up a pair of podiums with impressive attack and defence on display.
CryptoTower Racing Team driver Foster felt there was something missing in terms of his package over the weekend, but still delivered fourth in qualifying for the three race weekend.
“Our qualifying pace was a little bit off here - unlike Portimao - we struggled a little bit in the final sector,” said Foster, backed by Copart, a global leader in vehicle remarketing and recycling.
“We certainly need to analyse that and work on it ahead of the next round at Spa.
“I feel like I did a good job in the races. I always improved on my position.”
Lord Wandsworth College student Foster, 17, fought his team-mate hard for second having jumped a place in the early running, but ultimately settled for a strong podium position as he continues to learn in his first full season of racing in Europe. In the second race, Foster pulled off a brilliant move around the outside into the first corner to take the lead, and held off a charging opponent for almost the whole second half of the encounter before he was passed via a slipstream on the penultimate lap. Foster was again a key exponent in race three, repeating his race two move at the first corner to snatch the lead. After an epic duel with two of his rivals there was contact with another car and Foster spun, falling to eighth, but he fought back gallantly to take sixth and establish third in the championship after six races.
“We had some good starts and did some nice, aggressive moves to make sure we were always moving forwards come the end of the race,” said Foster, a winner in Ginetta Juniors, British F4 and BRDC British F3.
“I also got a lot of comments about how well I defended, especially with my slight lack of pace. I think we made the best out of a bad situation there.
“Race three we had a spin and contact with another car, but I was still able to catch and pass two cars.
"Given how little I knew about the track coming into the weekend and the fact I’m at a slight disadvantage as a rookie, all in all I think it was a decent weekend and we learned a lot.
“Predominantly I’ll be working on fitness and a mental reset before Spa, and also working on our lack of pace at Paul Ricard to understand what happened there to learn from it.”
Foster will be in action again at the classic Belgian venue Spa on June 18-20.