Motorsport: Leeds ace Foster gearing up for stardom

William Foster.
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“AT least three-times F1 world champion” is the answer you’ll get if you ask Rawdon’s Will Foster for his ultimate motor-racing aim.

Ambition runs throughout the 15-year-old’s veins.

So too does a natural infatuation with motorsport, the Ginetta star admitting one way or another his future will definitely involve cars.

Foster, a year 10 student at the Grammar School At Leeds, is in his second season of the Ginetta Junior Championship – a highly reputable series for 14 to 17-year-olds which supports the British Touring Car Championship.

And at this rate, the BTCC or something similar could be Foster’s next port of call, the Leeds ace Tolbar racer currently fourth in the championship despite his tender age and already showing a huge improvement from his debut year.

Podium

Seb Morris currently leads the pack by some 76 points but Foster still holds hopes of closing the gap and at the very least this season he is in search of regular podium finishes and victories.

It is ultimately at the highest level of all – F1 – where the Yorkshire star dreams those victories can eventually be landed and the former karting sensation sees no reason why he shouldn’t dare to dream.

“Being in F1 would be pretty amazing,” pondered Foster, speaking from his impressive upstairs living room complete with pool table at his Rawdon home.

“And I think if I’m good enough and with a bit of luck maybe, if someone spots me, I think there’s a chance of getting there.

“If not there are many more different forms of racing which I can go into and still do work and stuff, like maybe the World Touring Car series.

“I want these big events, I couldn’t really race with no fans there or anything, that would be a bit weird. I want something with a fan-base or something.”

A taste for life in the fast lane and a taste that began at a very early age.

Explaining how his love for the sport began, Foster added: “I’ve always quite liked speed and stuff and I used to have a push-bike which I found quite fun, but I found pedalling was too much effort for how fast you could go.

“My friend had a motorbike so I had a go on that and just by turning the handles you could go really fast, which I thought was pretty awesome. You could move really fast without having to do much.

“Then for my eighth birthday I wanted a motorbike or something but I wasn’t allowed that so I was going to get a quad-bike after that, but I wasn’t allowed that either.

“So I got a go-kart instead and we just spent days and days at Tockwith doing laps around a car track.”

That go-kart was purchased by Leeds-based GP dad Carl, who met his wife of 24 years and Foster’s mother York Kee at a party in Singapore back in the 1980s.

The pair married in the UK in 1987 and are now proud parents to one of the county’s most promising young drivers – as well as younger sister and horse-riding enthusiast Nicole, aged 13.

It is somewhat faster that her older brother likes to travel, however, Foster admitting he relishes the thrills and spills of motor-racing, particularly aged just 15 – he turns 16 in December.

“It’s quite a cool feeling because I’ve always looked forward to driving a car,” said Foster, who is also a keen tennis player, snowboarder and skier who still has time for girlfriend Emma.

“In the races there is a fear but it’s not like a fear of hurting myself, more a fear of like damaging the car and all the money it will cost.”

Quite right he is too. Just ask Foster’s dad who is currently shelling out £80,000 a year to allow his son to compete in Ginettas – little wonder he is doing 60-plus hour weeks in his profession.

Go up a rung, to the likes of Formula Renault – Foster’s likely next port of call – Formula Ford or even Touring Cars and the cost multiplies.

Foster himself knows he is privileged to merely compete in the sport and recognises that the costs involved have gone mad – so much so that he has considered a spell racing in the Far East where drivers can earn more money relative to the mad expenditure.

It seems doubtful, though, with the Rawdon ace hugely respectful of his Malaysian Chinese roots but at the end of the day Leeds born and bred.

Explaining his background, Foster said simply: “In the World Cup I support England because I have always lived here.

“I don’t really think of my Asian or Chinese side that much – I have lived here all of my life.”

A product of Britain – Leeds – and a highly-promising one at that.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Will should contact his father Will on 07710019806.

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