14th September 2021
Louis Foster maintained his momentum from before the Euroformula Open summer break by reducing the points deficit to the series leader down to a solitary point after a trio of podiums in Austria last weekend.
Foster, who turned 18 in July, has consistently ran at the front and fought for victories in his full season racing on the continent. In race one of his first visit to the Red Bull Ring in Austria last weekend, Foster delivered an epic move around the outside of the first corner to take second and battled team mate and championship rival Cameron Das to the flag. Das got alongside on multiple occasions but Foster proved his defensive driving is every bit as good as his now notorious overtaking ability to take second in the race. In the second event of the weekend, a five-car squabble for second emerged but Foster was able to take third and the championship lead, before being stuck in traffic in race three allowed Das to escape in second. Although Foster moved up to third, Das regained the championship lead.
“It was a good weekend overall,” said Foster, who is backed by Copart, a global leader in vehicle remarketing and recycling. “Obviously I’ve not been to the track before and my title rivals have both been in a car recently whereas I haven’t, not since the last Euroformula Open race. I was always on the back foot compared to them. “I was disappointed with the qualifying result, my Motopark engineer and I worked on the car for race one and made some progress through the races. “I think the car was adapting all weekend and I only got to the point where I was completely comfortable with it towards the end of race three. “We’ve learned things, which is great, that’s what this year is for. Thanks to my team for helping me to progress through the weekend. “I’m somewhat happy, I was a little bit disappointed with the last race, my target was to beat Cam but I got stuck behind Nazim [Azman] for a few laps and that allowed Cam to make a gap. “I had the pace over him in that race. “Slightly disappointing not to leave with the championship lead but at least it’s down to a point and we’ll work on taking it back at Monza and extending it hopefully further on.”
Monza near Milan hosts the next round of the championship on September 25/26 where Foster will hope to erase the one-point deficit to Das before a trip to Barcelona at the end of October to conclude the season. Barcelona is the only other track other than Spa - where Foster won all three races - that he has raced at in the series before