Nick Foster is looking to end the year on a high with multiple Endurance outings across three continents before the 2019 season concludes.
First, he joins Toksport WRT for the 24H of COTA, part of the CREVENTIC 24H Series at the home of the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
He will then compete in the LMP3 Series in Vallelunga, Italy with AF Corse before travelling on to Shanghai for the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series with Eurasia Motorsport and his LMP2 debut. The season finale Gulf 12 Hours follows in at Abu Dhabi with Attempto Racing.
“It’s been a busy year so I had a little time off over the recent weeks, spend some time at home and refresh the batteries and have the chance to do some long-distance training for the endurance events ahead,” Nick explained. “I have some new races ahead in differing types of cars and then back to some familiar territory that we have had success at!”
The Australian racer has competed this year with HubAuto Corsa in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, scoring a dominant victory in the second round of the championship at Laguna Seca in the Ferrari 488 GT3.
In addition, Nick has raced in the Blancpain GT Series with Attempto Racing with fifth position at Monza and sixth at Circuit de Barcelona being his best in the highly competitive Endurance Cup field in the Audi R8 LMS, plus a podium in the Brands Hatch Sprint round.
Teaming up with fellow Australian Martin Berry in the Toksport WRT-entered Mercedes-AMG GT3, Nick has high expectations of a strong result in the endurance event.
Given the team’s recent record in the ADAC GT Masters, where they made their debut at Zandvoort, finishing fifth, before taking two further podiums at the very next round at Nuerburgring, Nick is expecting a strong showing.
“COTA with Toksport WRT will be good! I’m in the Mercedes, which is a new GT car for me with some familiar faces and old friends. I’ll be looking forward to that as CREVENTIC races are always enjoyable. I think we’re be competing for the podium in the Am class, so that’s something to look forward to.”
From there Nick flies over to Shanghai for the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series where he joins Eurasia Motorsport alongside fellow Australian Aidan Read. The four-hour event is his first in the series and also his first time in LMP2 machinery.
“I got to sample that car for the first time in August this year and it was awesome to be in a car with so much aero,” Nick explained. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in a car with that much grip -Formula 3 in 2008 – so that was a great experience and I’m looking forward to getting back in the car. It will be a steep learning curve, but it’s a great challenge and I’m really looking forward to it!
As well as the 24-hour race, Nick will also compete in the Gulf 12H with Attempto Racing on December 14. This event is split into two races of six hours and is the traditional end to the GT3 racing season and will again be back behind the wheel of the Audi GT3.
“We cap of the year with the 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi which is my third year in a row there,” he continued. “It’s a great event, great place and people. I’ll share the car with some good mates in Mattia Drudi and Murad Sultanov – who I’m racing P3 – with but we were fast there last year and we’re looking for more of the same this year.
“It’s a busy end to the year with some big races and new things as well – the last four races are going to be spectacular!”