Foster-Jones on-track ..

 for more success in 2009

Robert Foster-Jones signed-off his KF2 career with another sparkling performance last weekend – appropriately at Vendrell, in the heart of Spain’s Cava-producing region in the annual Copa Campeones (Champions Cup).

The RFM driver was competing in his final race in karting’s equivalent of GP2 before moving up to the KF1 class - and once again demonstrated why he’s regarded as one of the world’s best up-and-coming talents.

6th fastest in timed qualifying, Robert duly claimed pole position for the first of the day’s two finals with a win and second place in his two heats. Right from the start, he took control of the pre-final and romped to victory.

This ensured that he would again start from P1 on the grid for the main final. Rob again got a perfect start and led for the first eight laps. However, where he’d been in imperious form in the pre-final, he now appeared to struggle for outright pace.

“I’d been so in control of the first final that after I’d won, the team didn’t change any of the settings on my kart. There didn’t seem any need to. All we did was put a new set of tyres on the kart and I went three tenths slower!”

Robert found himself under pressure from two Frenchmen - and team-mates - Brandon Maisano and Norman Nato. The pair worked together to pass him and were able to open a small gap over him.

“Once they were past, Maisano and Nato worked together and drove well, but I’m delighted to finish my KF2 career with another podium (his 15th of the season).”

Robert will now embark on an intensive programme of fitness training and testing, in readiness for his graduation to the KF1 class. He said, “With each race, I’m improving. I’ve already competed in one KF1 race (the Asia-Pacific Championship at Macau last month) and whilst there’s still a lot to learn, there’s no-one I fear. I expect to be challenging for wins.”