Foster Takes Series Leading Pace to Paul Ricard
12th May 2021
Louis Foster believes his fastest lap and pole in the Euroformula Open championship at Portimao make him a contender for wins in the championship, as he prepares for the next round at Paul Ricard this weekend.
Foster took pole position in Portugal for the first race of the weekend and finished second in his maiden outing with the CryptoTower Racing Team, supported by Motopark. He added a fastest lap to his weekend haul.
“I was really happy to score pole, it was a good, fun lap,” reflects Foster, who is backed by Copart, a global leader in vehicle remarketing and recycling. “Especially as we hadn’t tested there, so it was less driving off numbers and more driving off feel, which was fun. “Along with the fastest lap, It’s good to know we are competitive and up there, and we have the speed and potential to win races. It’s a confidence boost.”
The second round of the season takes place at Paul Ricard near Marseille, which like Portimao features on the Formula 1 calendar. As Foster is racing in a championship outside of the UK for the first time this year, Paul Ricard is one of many circuits where he isn’t familiar having never raced at the venue before.
But as with the other tracks, Lord Wandsworth College student Foster is hopeful he can overcome the adversity, and Portimao proved his pace.
“I’m looking forward to this round," added Foster. “I’ve never been to Paul Ricard, I’ve been watching onboards and trying to prepare myself in the best way possible. “We may be on the back foot slightly compared to my rivals but I’ll dig deep. “I’m confident I’ll be able to learn the track and get up to speed quickly, and it will be a good measure of my ability to adapt. “I’ve been training hard and I’m ready to get back on the track and build on what we managed last time out at Portimao.”
One of the reasons Foster was able to hit the ground running in the Algarve was not only his immediate speed, but also the help of the CryptoTower Racing Team. It was Foster’s first race with the squad and he immediately felt at home.
“I was very comfortable with the team, it’s a great group of people and we understand each other,” said Foster. “I think we’re beginning to feel more at home with each other and with the experience in the team there’s only going to be more performance to come out of that relationship. “All in all I think the team did a great job at the weekend, so thanks to CryptoTower and Motopark.”
You can watch Foster in action this weekend at Paul Ricard on the Euroformula Open YouTube channel. Paul Ricard timetable (all times BST) Saturday, May 15 Qualifying - 0930hrs Race 1 - 1550hrs Sunday, May 16 Race 2 - 0850hrs Race 3 - 1410hrs Live Streaming
EuroFormula Open YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/EuroFormulaOpen)
Notes to editor
Louis Foster Louis Foster is a 17-year-old British racing driver from Hampshire aiming to take the racing world by storm. Son of British Touring Car and GT racer Nick Foster, Louis has been around motorsport for the majority of his life. Foster had a successful karting career before making his debut in Ginetta Juniors where he won nine races and scored 19 podiums in his first season. A step up to the British F4 championship delivered six wins and 13 podiums in his first season of single-seater racing, while his debut BRDC British F3 campaign kept up a 100% winning record in his car racing career with three victories and six podiums.
Outside of motorsport Louis is a keen rugby and hockey player as well as enjoying off-road mountain biking and training in the gym. He studies at the Lord Wandsworth College near Farnham.
Foster is sponsored by auction giant Copart, which sells over 350,000 cars per year.
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact (INSERT RELEVANT EMAIL HERE) Euroformula Open The Formula 3-based championship was founded in 2009 and offers teams the opportunity to use engines produced by different manufacturers to power its Dallara 320 chassis. Racing with F3 cars two steps away from the upper echelons of F1, Euroformula Open is a more cost-effective model to the FIA Formula 3 equivalent. The Euroformula Open car was new for 2020 featuring the distinctive Halo head protection device and a stronger tub for driver protection. Despite the added weight of the safety features the car remains around 580kgs with horsepower in the region of 240. The series features three races per weekend shown on the Euroformula Open YouTube channel, and the current calendar features circuits that have all appeared in Formula 1 over the last two years. Provisional 2021 calendar 23-25 April Portimao 14-16 May Circuit Paul Ricard 18-20 June Spa-Francorchamps 09-11 July Hungaroring 23-25 July Imola 10-12 September Red Bull Ring 24-26 September Monza 22-24 October Barcelona Round 9: TBC