Team BRM will hope that British talent can help it to secure the Australian Formula Three title for the second successive season after confirming the capture of Joey Foster for the 2009 season.
Foster will look to follow in the foot-steps of James Winslow as he makes his return to single-seater competition this year, having spent last year racing in sportscars with the Embassy Racing team.
With Embassy having closed its doors at the end of last season due to the global economic downturn, Foster will return to single-seaters on a full-time basis this year after two outings in German F3 alongside his sportscar commitments in 2008
“As far as I can see, Team BRM is the
team to be in if you are competing in Australian F3,” Foster, who has bounced back from severe injuries sustained in an accident while racing in Germany back in 2006, said. “They are experienced, well organised, have excellent people on-board and a proven record for winning. I could not be happier. As soon as I began to talk to Bronte [Rundle, team owner], I knew I would fit in and made it my priority to ensure that we could agree terms for me to secure the drive.
“Australian F3 is quite simply one of the world's most competitive forms of single seat racing. No quarter is given; any one of a number of drivers and teams is capable of winning races at every round. It takes nerve, consistency and high quality to do well and that's why the racing is so tight, well supported and produces so many world class racing drivers. I will be going all out to win, and am looking forward to the competition – not to mention a mostly dry season!”
Team BRM owner Rundle was quick to welcome Foster into the team and said his decision to race in Australia showed the reputation the series has overseas.
“It is a true testament to the reputation Australian Formula 3 has internationally that a driver of Joey's calibre would come and race with us,” he said. “His experience in the sport is diverse and he has proven success in Formula 3 cars racing in the German Championship as well as sports cars at LeMans. We are very pleased to welcome him to Team BRM and to the Australian Championship and we are very much looking forward to working with him this year.
“Drivers from Europe, like Joey, recognise that the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship is one of, if not the, most cost-effective way to go Formula 3 racing anywhere in the world. It's great for the series to have him here, and hopefully more young drivers from Australia will follow the lead of the Europeans and race in our championship.
“Joey is going to add a great deal to the series this year and make the championship even more competitive.”