Todd Foster has confirmed a third season in the Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship and believes he’s ready to mix it with the frontrunners.
Foster, 27, made significant progress in the championship last season, working his way into the top ten on several occasions and becoming a regular mid-field runner. He is hoping to make another significant leap forward in the pack this coming season too.
“I enjoy the learning process and last season we were able to be more competitive and get into that mid-field, where the battling is intense,” he says.
“My focus will remain on learning as much as I can and continuing to hone my race craft and build pace.
“It’s going to be a big field next season and that just makes it all the more exciting. A bigger field means keeping out of trouble and being as consistent as possible.”
Foster says he has enough experience to be able to balance patience and aggression.
“Even though these are sprint races, it’s important to be patient and not always jump on the first opportunity to pass.
“Experience can help keep the bigger picture in perspective and every point in this championship will matter next season. It’s going to be that competitive for sure.
“I’ve enjoyed the fitness work, and as we move closer to the start of the season my focus will shift to revisiting data and on-boards from previous seasons.
“That, combined with hopefully some testing if the alert levels allow it, will mean I arrive at round one fully ready to go and be up to speed quickly.”
Foster will run again with International Motorsport and will be backed by the Waikato Innovation Park for his 2021/22 season.
At least 22 cars will be on the grid for the first round and will include past, current and future champions of the sport.
It all begins at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park over the weekend of November 12-14 before a short trip to Pukekohe Park three weeks later from December 3-5.
After the Christmas break the teams and drivers will head south to Cromwell for the Highlands weekend on January 14-16, and then move to Christchurch for the Ruapuna weekend on January 21-23.
Three weekends later it’s back to Hampton Downs on February 11-13 for the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting, before the season finale at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupō on March 25-27.