Tommy gets back on track at Le Mans Cup

Tommy gets back on track at Le Mans Cup

Tommy gets back on track at Le Mans Cup

Tommy Foster will drive this Ligier JSP320 LMP3, prepared by RLR MSport , alongside Mike Benham at the Le Mans Cup in Barcelona on April 17

31st March 2021

By Tom Howe

Newquay motor racing sensation Tommy Foster will make his long-awaited return to the track at next month’s opening round of the 2021 Le Mans Cup.

The 18-year-old will debut in sports car racing, specifically in Le Mans Prototypes (LMP), when driving RLR MSport’s Ligier JSP320 LMP3 at the event in Barcelona on April 17 alongside team-mate and 2019 runner-up Mike Benham.

The development comes after Foster won both English and British titles in the world of karting, before a successful and race-winning transition into junior single-seaters in British Formula Four.

A one-off appearance in the US Formula 4 Championship followed before taking a break to assess his options during a covid-disrupted 2020 season. Having tested the LMP3 car over the winter, Foster has now changed his route to the top and traded single-seaters for sports cars.
“I wouldn't say [lockdown] was challenging, I would say it was more frustrating,” he explained to the Voice. “With the lockdown, we had nothing to do. When there were races on we would watch them, even ones we weren't typically interested in. I was not getting jealous but was eager to get out there racing when everybody else was.

“We couldn't go to a team's simulator [to practice] so what we did was invest in kitting out our own one at home. I have been on that quite a lot in the last year and that has helped me out quite a lot. If I do a test now, I can sit at home for a few days in the simulator just so I know all the basics.

“It is never going to be exact because there are so many things happening [in a race] but for what it is, it is very close. You are getting all the breaking markers, the turning points, all the lines and basics in your head so when you go out for the test you can hit the ground running and change your driving to track mode on the day.

“We didn't actually know what we were doing this year until about two weeks ago now. It has been a crazy few weeks. I did a test at the end of last year and ever since then I have been working really hard, all through the winter, to get a plan together. We finally did it and we will be racing in a few week’s time. It will be great to get out there.”