BRITISH DRIVER JOEY FOSTER SIGNS WITH TEAM BRM FOR ANOTHER UK ATTACK ON GOLD STAR THERE NOW EXISTS a very real threat that Australia's highest Open Wheel award will once again travel to British shores for the second time in two years. This ...
BRITISH DRIVER JOEY FOSTER SIGNS WITH TEAM BRM FOR ANOTHER UK ATTACK ON GOLD STAR
THERE NOW EXISTS a very real threat that Australia's highest Open Wheel award will once again travel to British shores for the second time in two years.
This follows conformation today that Team BRM has signed British ace Joey Foster to compete in the 2009 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship. The team will aim to score back-to-back championship successes after last year winning with James Winslow.
Foster, from Cornwall, is one of the most highly rated young drivers to emerge from the UK in recent times and has tasted success in both Open Wheel and sportscar racing. He will this year drive a Dallara F307 Mercedes chassis for the Adelaide-based team.
Foster raced in the 2008 LeMans series and the famed LeMans 24 hours driving an Embassy Racing LMP2 entry and opened eyes with his speed and maturity as one of the younger drivers in the series. The performances were made even more impressive given they came off the back of severe injuries sustained in a horrific 2006 crash whilst racing in German Formula 3.
Joey had been leading the title race and, in 12 starts, had won four races before a massive crash on the Lausitzring Oval shattered his back. The crash laid Foster up in hospital for seven weeks but failed to dampen his competitive spirit that shone though when he returned to the seat as a test driver for Lola in 2007, and subsequently at LeMans.
Foster was a finalist in the Autosport BRDC young driver of the year competition, won the Formula Ford Festival in the UK in 2004 and has a massive CV of successes in Formula Ford, Formula Renault and Karting. More information can be found at his website, www.joeyfoster.co.uk
Last year he dovetailed his Sportscar racing with a return to a Formula 3 car and, in a limited two event campaign with the HS Technik team, scored two poles, two wins and two fastest laps in the ultra-competitive German F3 series.
This year he will follow in the footsteps of UK-based drivers Ben Clucas, James Winslow and Charlie Hollings to race in the Australian championship, starting at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in less than two weeks.
"As far as I can see, Team BRM is the team to be in if you are competing in Australian F3," Foster said.
"They are experienced, well organised, have excellent people on-board and a proven record for winning. I could not be happier. As soon as I began to talk to Bronte (Rundle, Team Owner), I knew I would fit in and made it my priority to ensure that we could agree terms for me to secure the drive.
Though watching from afar, the growing international reputation of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship clearly impacted on Fosters decision to race down under this year.
"Australian F3 is quite simply one of the world's most competitive forms of single seat racing," he enthused.
"No quarter is given; any one of a number of drivers and teams is capable of winning races at every round. It takes nerve, consistency and high quality to do well and that's why the racing is so tight, well supported and produces so many world class racing drivers. I will be going all out to win, and am looking forward to the competition - not to mention a mostly dry season!"
Team BRM owner Bronte Rundle welcomed Joey to the team and said his decision to race in Australia showed the reputation the series has overseas.
"It is a true testament to the reputation Australian Formula 3 has internationally that a driver of Joey's calibre would come and race with us," he said.
"His experience in the sport is diverse and he has proven success in Formula 3 cars racing in the German Championship as well as sports cars at LeMans. We are very pleased to welcome him to Team BRM and to the Australian Championship and we are very much looking forward to working with him this year.
"Drivers from Europe, like Joey, recognise that the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship is one of, if not the, most cost-effective way to go Formula 3 racing anywhere in the world. It's great for the series to have him here, and hopefully more young drivers from Australia will follow the lead of the Europeans and race in our championship.
"Joey is going to add a great deal to the series this year and make the championship even more competitive."
Team BRM will debut an all-new livery on the Foster car this season and is currently finalising its full driver line-up for the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, with announcements of Foster's team mates expected soon.