- Arden Motorsport newcomer praises atmosphere and learning environment in the Banbury-based outfit.
- Former Formula Ford racer expects to fight at the front with reigning Teams’ Champions.
- New season of Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 6th-7th
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost newcomer Tommy Foster has praised the atmosphere within reigning Teams’ Champions Arden Motorsport as he prepares to make his debut in the category.
Foster, who already has some single-seater experience in the BRSCC’s National Formula Ford 1600 series, has undertaken an extensive testing programme in the Ford EcoBoost-powered F4 car over the winter months alongside new team-mates Alex Connor and Bart Horsten.
All three ‘Red Arrows’ proved to be competitive at the championship’s recent Media Day at Brands Hatch, with Foster eighth overall despite being just 0.371 seconds off pace-setter Josh Skelton, highlighting the strength in depth of the field in 2019.
Speaking to a record-high media audience at the event, Foster underlined his happiness with the atmosphere and simulator setup in the team, praising the learning environment at the Banbury-based outfit.
“We have a very good simulator, plenty of learning days, there’s a very good learning atmosphere within the team so we don’t feel out of place when we first join. I don’t think it’s a massive advantage on-track, but it certainly helps in the preparation phase,” said Foster.
He also expects to be able to put together a challenge for the title at his first attempt after getting into a rhythm at the first few events.
“Arden were Teams’ Champions last year, I think we’re going to be getting a very competitive car every time,” he explained.
“For myself, I think for one or two rounds it’ll be getting into the rhythm and then really attacking the championship.”
Foster also offered an insight into the learning process after graduating into Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series, with a number of similarities and differences to the Formula Ford he had previously raced.
“It’s a mix really, there are a lot of similarities but also a lot of differences,” he added.
“There’s the aero package, which means a lot more downforce and speed, more gears but it’s nice having driven tracks in Formula Ford, which is a very good learning car, and now the British F4 car is just a beefed-up version.”
Once again in 2019, the F4 British Championship enjoys a unique role as the sole single-seater support category on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.
With regular trackside crowds exceeding some 30,000 spectators at most events, plus live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4, it has been labelled as ‘Britain’s biggest stage’ in recent times.
Another ten-event, thirty-race campaign gets underway at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th April.