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Louis Foster joins MRF Challenge finale at Chennai

by Ida Wood

British Formula 4 race-winner Louis Foster will race in the MRF Challenge season finale at Chennai this weekend.

The 16-year-old stepped up to single-seaters last year after a season-and-a-half racing in Ginetta Junior, where he finished second in the 2018 standings.

His open-wheel debut came in British F4 with Double R Racing, and he won six races in a title challenge that eventually resulted in third in the standings and a coveted spot in the Porsche GB Junior Shootout.

He will remain with the team in 2020 as he steps up to BRDC British Formula 3, being reunited with F4 rival and team-mate Sebastian Alvarez.

Also racing in British F3 this year is Lanan Racing’s Joshua Mason, who is firmly in contention for the MRF Challenge title.

Belgian driver Michelangelo Amendola currently leads the points with three wins, ahead of series veteran Dylan Young and Mason.

FIA F3 Championship-experienced racers David Schumacher and Bent Viscaal, who dominated the second round of the season in Bahrain, will not be racing in the Chennai finale.

The addition of Foster will leave a likely grid of 10 cars, and with six races taking place on the Indian circuit he could claim the title if serious misfortune were to strike his rivals on track.

India’s Formula BMW-based X1 Racing League has used Chennai for its inaugural season over the European winter. The series pitted ex-Formula 1 racers and other professional drivers against rising talents in a franchise-based competition.

Unfortunately it was riddled by many car and organisational problems, leading to a two weekend series and plans for a replacement car for the second season.