Nick Foster hopes for a change of luck as the British Touring Car Championship heads to Croft for the fifth round of the season, a track where the 48-year-old previously scored his first BTCC podium.
Foster’s best BTCC result came at Croft back in his debut season in 2011, finishing a close second behind Mat Jackson and ahead of WSR team-mate Rob Collard in the final race of that particular Sunday for his (so far) only BTCC podium.
The BMW driver told The Checkered Flag that the North Yorkshire venue is one that he feels the WSR BMW 125is will be strong at, team-mate Colin Turkington having won two of the three races last year while Foster took a best finish of fourth.
Foster told The Checkered Flag: “I do like Croft and it’s usually been quite good to me. I got my first podium here and that was in my first ever year in BTCC; I came quite close but it was nice to be on the podium that weekend.
“The car is very good and I think we’ve all got a good feel for it at the moment. The BMW has always had good traction and I think at Croft it could be as good as we were last year.”
The weather forecast otherwise looks set to mix up the weekend’s action as it did at Oulton Park, Foster thinking of the fans as he added: “I hope the weather stays nice just for the sake of the fans really, because at the end of the day it’s them who pay to come and watch us race. They deserve a good show!”
Foster’s 2014 season has been plagued by several incidents that have cost him strong results, while mechanical issues halted his second race at Oulton Park and stymied the chance to potentially mix up the reverse-grid race.
Lamenting those issues, he added: “I’ve had a few issues that have cost me the chance to score some good points this year. Obviously at Oulton Park we had a mechanical problem that stopped me from getting a good result. Before that I’d had a bit of an off when I was hit by the Audi at Thruxton, so I’m just hoping to keep my nose clean from now on and hopefully I’ll find a little bit of luck!”
Currently in his fourth BTCC season, Foster said that the tightness of the grid has made every round impossible to predict.
He concluded: “It’s strange that we go to all of the different circuits and you can be really fast one week and then you go to the next place and another car is suddenly the one to beat. It just shows how tight it is.
“It’s such a big grid this year and it makes it tougher only because there’s 31 drivers who all think they can go out and do better than everybody else.”