Forster Motorsport is ready to make their BTCC bow at Rockingham this weekend, after missing the season opener at Thruxton due to engine problems.
The team which will run both the ex Mat Jackson BMW's for former Mini Challenge Champions Arthur Forster and Martin Depper. Both drivers were at Thruxton to support the other entrants and having watched the other teams in action, it made them decide that they wanted to join the field at Rockingham.
Depper, who is from Birmingham is in his sixth season of racing, having made his debut in the Mini Challenge in 2005, and in the 2008 Championship he became outright Champion after claiming seventeen podium finishes in twenty races, even though team mate Jack Stamford took the title fight to the finale at Rockingham.
He has now joined the BTCC grid for 2010 and is one to watch in the future. Having gained the support and confidence from his personal sponsors, Depper wants to learn the car and series in 2010.
Forster is the team principal of Forster Motorsport started his business with Brother Steve twenty six years ago, they initially focused on motor engineering and the garage businesses were in high demand.
His racing ambition took over and Forster has been racing and preparing himself for over 20 years in motorsport. Forster then took the bold step to run his own team. This decision took him from year to year with the opportunity to race himself as well as pass on his experience to others with his race craft, using his skill and flair as a racer.
Forster won the Mini Challenge in 2005, and had a successful karking career. He has also competed in endurance races and is a driver not to be taken lightly. Having experience from racing rear wheel drive cars before, adapting to the BMW 320si will be an easier task.
The 2010 season will be an immense and steep learning curve for the whole outfit, but with the support and assistance behind the scenes, they drivers will learn to learn the cars and series with the aims to be competitive heading into 2011.
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