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Testing times at Croft

25th June 2018

More podium success for Louis Foster as season hits half way For Immediate Release: 25 June 2018

Rising star Louis Foster added more podium silverware to his ever-growing collection as the Ginetta Junior Championship season reached the half way stage at Croft.

The 14-year-old Lord Wandsworth College student from Odiham was keen to build on the double podium he secured last time out at Oulton Park and was on the pace in free practice on Friday with the fourth best time.

A tough qualifying session saw Louis line up eighth on the grid for the opening race of the weekend but he was soon making up places when the lights went out.

Having climbed into the top five, Louis then lost places after contact from Ruben del Sarte and with the steering on his car slightly out, he would cross the line in fifth spot as third best rookie.

From seventh on the grid in race two, Louis would maintain his position through the eight-lap encounter for another third place rookie finish and went into the final race seeking to make progress towards the front of the field.

Starting from seventh on the grid once again, Louis quickly fought his way forwards and by the half-way point of the race, was running in third spot overall.

Even with damage to the front of his car affecting the aerodynamics, he was able to keep the squabbling pack behind at bay to take an eighth rookie win of the year and third overall.

It means he heads into the summer break having retained second in the overall standings, with a clear advantage over the next best rookie racer.

“It’s not been an easy weekend but I’m quite happy at the end of it,” he said. “After a tough qualifying, I hoped we could move forwards in the first race but there was some contact at one of the fastest parts of the circuit that I felt was quite dangerous and which cost me time. We didn’t quite have the pace in the car but we picked up more points, which is the important thing.
“Race two was difficult as again we didn’t quite have the pace, but in race three we were strong despite the aero getting messed up and to take another podium finish is pleasing going into the summer break.
“Overall, I’m delighted with how the year has gone so far and we’ve been on the pace at every circuit and running towards the front of the grid. To sit second overall and be top rookie is fantastic and we have something good to build on in the second half of the season.”

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