The second round of the Asian Le Mans Series is fast approaching and Nick Foster is looking forward to building on his recent momentum that has seen him secure podium positions in the last two events.
Teaming up once again with fellow country man Aidan Read and former F1 driver Roberto Merhi in the #36 Eurasia Motorsport Ligier LMP2, Nick next travels to Tailem Bend in South Australia for a brand-new event on the Asian Le Mans Series calendar.
Last time out Nick and the team secured the runner-up position after claiming the pole position for the 4 Hours of Shanghai. It was a sensational performance from the team as a whole as Roberto claimed the pole, Aidan led away from the start, only for an obstructed pit box entry to cost the trio the opportunity of the win.
“Obviously we had a very strong first race of the series, with the pole position and the second place,” Nick said. “It was unfortunate that the race didn’t pan out our way, but we have the speed, the team and a great driver line-up to go that extra step in Australia.”
From China, Nick travelled to Abu Dhabi to take part in the Gulf 12 Hours with Attempto Racing alongside Mattia Drudi and Murad Sultanov in the #55 Attempto Racing Audi R8 GT3.
Nick took the start from fifth position and showing his race craft, vaulted second during his first stint. The race played out with he and his teammates fighting back late in the first segment of the race to challenge for victory, before ultimately finishing behind the sister #66 entry to make it a one-two for Audi.
“From a race perspective it was an excellent result in Abu Dhabi, a one-two result for the team is as good as it can get, a maximum result,” he said. “There were no mistakes in any of the pit stops and all the drivers drove to the very best of their abilities.
“The overall performance was very strong – we did a better job than a lot of teams that weren’t running bronze drivers. On top of that I got to share the podium with Valentino Rossi and it’s a great way to cap off the year with a mega result!
“From my side it was a perfect race and we all performed well. There were some great stints to get us back on the lead lap to keep us in the game in the first part of the race, so a fantastic job all around.”
The next challenge awaits, this time near Adelaide and it features no less than 34 turns over 7.7-kilometres. It’s a new facility and this four-hour race is the first prototype sports car at the venue. Having shown winning pedigree in China, the team have clear aspirations heading to Australia, even if the venue is something of an unknown to the team and drivers.
“I’m excited as taking these Asian Le Mans Series P2 cars to The Bend will be a bit of an unknown as we’re the first high-performance cars to race at this circuit,” he said. “There will be a lot of ‘firsts’ for a lot of drivers and for a lot of teams so there will be a lot of work to be done in advance to prepare.
“It’s a home race for me and Aidan, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he continued. “It’s not often I get to race at home, normally it’s only Bathurst, so I’m excited to add another one. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity of having friends and family around for support. The aim is to win, but the championship is really important, so we must make sure we finish first and then see how far we can push it.”
The 4 Hours of the Bend gets underway at 13.00 local time on January 12th.