Eastern Creek Raceway will join Lords Cricket Ground as the host of a sporting contest between Australia and England this weekend for the fifth round of the Australian F3 Championship season.

Englishman Joey Foster and Australian Tim Macrow are currently battling at the head of the championship standings after four of the eight rounds, with Foster currently leading the way in his maiden season in the series.

Since moving to Australia at the start of the year, Foster has won five of the eight races and currently holds a 20-point championship lead over Macrow.

"I have noticed the England versus Australia rivalry more since I've been in Australia, as an outsider over here, so it looks like I'm fighting for my country," he said. "There are a lot of similarities between my battle with Tim and the Ashes.

"We're both very evenly matched and very competitive people that want to win this title - but so far it hasn't had the controversy of the cricket, which is good!

"Neither of us has been able to get a big break over the other since the first round of the championship, so this weekend is going to be important."

Foster is aiming to become the third Englishman to win the title in four years, following in the footsteps of countrymen Ben Clucas (2006) and James Winslow (2008).

"Ben and James both won the Australian championship; I'd love to do the same," he said. "We'll keep pushing hard to keep scoring points, hopefully the championship result is different to the result of the first test match; I don't want to draw, I want a win!"

2007 Australian Formula 3 Champion, Macrow is flying the local flag and has scored race wins at each of the last three events to halve Foster's championship lead, which peaked at 40 points.

"It's going to be a big weekend," he said. "There's been nothing between us in the last couple of rounds, and we want to keep closing the gap to Joey.

"We know the best way to reduce his lead is to win races and get the bonus points for pole position and fastest laps. We'll work hard all weekend and try to do just that, if it means beating a Pom in the process it'll be even sweeter!"

Two Western Sydney-based rising stars will also be looking for a strong weekend on home soil. Mat Sofi sits fourth in the Championship Class, while Tom Tweedie leads the National Class for older-model cars.


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