FOSTER TAKES POLE POSITION AND PODIUM IN FUJI
Craft-Bamboo Racing Nick Foster took an incredible pole position and second place podium during round four of the Blancpain GT Series Asia at the Fuji Speedway this weekend. The #88 Porsche of Nick Foster and Devon Modell scored their second podium of the season, proving that they are one of the strongest pairings on the Blancpain grid. Foster claimed an incredible last-minute pole position in Q1 that gave them the start they needed to put the Porsche 911 GT3 R on the second step of the podium in race one.
Race One #88 Porsche 911 GT3 R Nick Foster kicked off race one from pole position and tried to hold his ground into the first turn but was forced wide onto the grass, dropping him to P9 and severely hurting the #88's chances of a win. Foster regrouped and quickly found the pace, clawing back lost positions before handing over to his teammate, Devon Modell. Foster put in a huge effort to get the #88 Porsche back up to P3 by the pit stop window and the team did an amazing job to get Modell back out on track in P2. The #88 driver put in his best performance so far this season, producing quicker lap times than the lead car, thanks to the Porsche's excellent race pace. Modell continued to close the gap to P1 but ran out of time as the 60-minute sprint race drew to a close, ultimately finishing only 1.4s behind P1 to give the #88 pair another podium and 18 points for their championship campaign.
Race One Quotes - Nick Foster “Overall the team did a really good job, the car is quick and in the end, we probably should have won the race so it was a bit disappointing getting hit off by the Audi at the first corner. We really should have come away with a win but P2 is still a really good podium finish and a good result for the team. It was a strong points finish for the team, so we will just chip away, make a few changes and try and make the car a bit quicker and keep at it.”
Race Two #88 Porsche 911 GT3 R Devon Modell started race two from P18 on the grid but lost position after being forced wide during a big battle at the first corner. After the field settled down, Modell was now fighting from P23 and focused on climbing up the order before the opening of the pit stop window. The Brit showed great pace once again, taking back six places to hand the car over to Nick Foster in P18. With their additional success penalty from race one, Foster rejoined the field in P20 and continued the #88 Porsche's march up the field. The Australian driver again showed just how competitive the #88 Porsche could be by climbing a further nine spots by flag fall to finish just outside the points in P11.
Race Two Quotes - Nick Foster “All the changes we made overnight were a big improvement, so we were very quick on our stint and considering we didn’t have new tyres our pace was very strong and consistent over the whole race. Overall, it was a really strong weekend for the team, we showed the pace of the car with the pole position and podium and we aim to replicate this in Shanghai.”