Storming the field

Storming the field

Storming the field

Tommy Foster showed great pace at the latest round of the Le Mans Cup, held at Monza over the weekend

14th July 2021

By Tom Howe

Tommy Foster recovered his RLR MSport Ligier JSP320 from early drama to overtake the entire field and unlap himself in the latest round of the Le Mans Cup.

The Newquay racer and team-mate Mike Benham lingered on the cusp of the top ten during much of the build-up to the series’ Monza Round, but the latter managed to edge into the top six during Saturday’s red flag-affected qualifying session.

From the third row of the grid, Benham kept his nose clean and emerged from the first pinch point at Variante del Rettifilo still in sixth but came under threat from a rival machine which forced an error under braking for Variante della Roggia on lap two.

The RLR MSport team used one of their mandatory timed stops during a protracted safety car and, having dropped to 25th overall, Benham calmly made his way back up the leaderboard before pitting again during a second neutralisation.

Benham slotted into 20th in the safety car train but was himself the cause of a full course yellow after losing control of and beaching the Ligier JSP320 in the gravel on the entry to the Parabolica.

Mercifully, the car was retrieved from the gravel and Foster had his chance in the cockpit, with the young Cornishman going on to record personal best lap times in a determined effort to reduce his three-lap deficit to the race leaders and ultimately finish 21st overall and 16th in his class.

“I was really confident with the car and the RLR MSport team, which did a great job throughout the weekend,” said the 19-yearold after partnering Benham in the two-hour race.”

“The moment I jumped in the car in Thursday testing I could tell it was strong, and we only made fine adjustments to get the absolute best out of it.“

“On Saturday, I found the car was perfect and I was the second fastest driver overall in my race stint. Of course, most people will only see the end result, which is frustrating, but I’m very happy with my performance and I feel I did myself justice.”

Round four of the competition takes place at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France on August 19 and 21, with two races of 55 minutes each.