NICK FOSTER TO MAKE FORMULA 3 DEBUT AT EASTERN CREEK Nick Foster will make his Formula 3 debut when he lines up for Astuti Motorsport in Round 6 of the Australian F3 Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney this weekend. The event will...
NICK FOSTER TO MAKE FORMULA 3 DEBUT AT EASTERN CREEK
Nick Foster will make his Formula 3 debut when he lines up for Astuti Motorsport in Round 6 of the Australian F3 Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney this weekend.
The event will be the first time that Foster, a front-runner in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, drives a 'wings and slicks' race car, piloting the Steeline Dallara F307 at the 3.93-kilometre circuit.
The 18-year-old from Queensland currently sits third in the Australian Formula Ford Championship standings, but with the next round of that series not until the Armor All Gold Coast 600 on October 22-24, Foster is keen to use this weekend's run to keep his eye in during the mid-season break.
The added horsepower, grip and downforce of the Formula 3 car is a challenge that Foster looks forward to experiencing this weekend.
"I've never driven wings and slicks car before so I can't wait for this weekend," said Foster.
"No matter what I do next year this is a good step forward for me. I'm sure I will learn a lot from this. The more laps you do, the better driver you will be.
"F3 cars are awesome race cars. They have more power than a Formula Ford but it is the downforce and cornering speeds that are the biggest factor.
"I've raced at Eastern Creek before in Formula Ford but in an F3 car it will be on a completely new level. It's a European-style circuit with fast, flowing corners so I'm expecting it to be really tough on my body."
Despite having never driven an F3 car before, Foster is keen to push hard at Eastern Creek this weekend. But it is personal improvement and experience, rather than outright results that are the priority.
"I'm not really looking to results as I'm going into the round with zero experience," said Foster.
"I want to get the most I can out of myself. I think I can improve myself as a driver with these demanding cars on a fast circuit."
While Foster's priority remains success in his #13 Steeline Mygale in Formula Ford, he says that learning different cars and challenging himself can only help his development.
"I'll be starting from scratch this weekend with no testing, but it's a challenge that I'm happy to take on," said Foster.
"The best drivers can jump from one car to another and be fast. The reason they can do that is that they have experience in lots of different types of cars.
"To race F3 against drivers who are on top their game in open wheelers like Mitch Evans, Tom Tweedie and Ben Barker is a big challenge. Those drivers have a couple of years experience in these cars but you have to challenge yourself.
"It will be interesting to see where I am in comparison to them. My goal is to get closer to them with each session as I learn the cars and work with the team."