Nick Foster has announced his retirement from the British Touring Car Championship after four years of racing.

The 49-year-old spent his entire BTCC career with West Surrey Racing, and paid tribute to his Team Principal Dick Bennetts and his team-mates Colin Turkington and Rob Collard.

"After four great years of racing in the BTCC series I would like to confirm my retire," Foster announced on his Facebook page. "It has been great to be involved in what is the UK's premier racing series especially with Dick Bennetts WSR squad, who are without doubt one of the most professional and dedicated teams on the grid."

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Foster ended last season 16th place in the championship and was team-mate to the 2014 champion Turkington. His best finish in the drivers' standings was 11th place in 2012 and Foster achieved one podium appearance, a second place at Croft from the reverse grid in 2011.

The Redditch-born racer gave a special mention to Rob Collard who was his team-mate in every season Foster competed in BTCC.

"A special thanks to Rob Collard who has been my team-mate since entering the series, with whom I have enjoyed some great racing and fun times. It has been great to drive alongside some of the best talents on the grid including the 2014 champion Colin Turkington," Foster said.

"Finally, after four years going round n circles I appear to have found the exit!"