Reigning Australian Carrera Cup champion Nick Foster is set to test his mettle in Europe this year after securing a full season deal with German Porsche outfit Team 75.
The 24-year-old will contest the German Carrera Cup with the squad, which is owned by Porsche’s reigning World Endurance Championship winning co-driver Timo Bernhard.
Basing himself near the team’s workshop in Stuttgart, Foster flew out of Australia this week to spend time with his car and crew ahead of the season opener at Oschersleben on April 16-17.
The eight-round championship also features visits to Germany’s famous Nurburgring, Hockenheim, Lausitz and Norisring venues, as well as Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
Working on the deal since November, Foster’s move to Europe follows a one-off drive in the combined French/Italian Carrera Cup event at Spa Francorchamps last year as well as an appearance at the Porsche Scholarship test in Germany.
“For me it’s a big step and we’ve worked hard to get partners on board to follow us over to Europe. That side has definitely been the toughest,” Foster told Speedcafe.com.
“I’m very fortunate that I’ve got good backers in Outback Camps Australia and Bob Jane T-Marts that have really helped me make this step.
“I’m excited to get over there but also just to get back racing again. It hurt a little bit watching (the opening Carrera Cup Australia round at) Clipsal from the sidelines.”
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Bernhard, who co-drove to the 2015 WEC title with Australian Mark Webber and Kiwi Brendon Hartley, says he’s looking forward to working with Foster.
“Nick has made quite an impression and we’re excited to have signed the reigning Australian Carrera Cup Champion for this year’s campaign,” said team owner Timo Bernhard.
“Nick knows the cup and the cars and we’ll give him the best support to get used to the new environment as quickly as possible and to perform well.”
Team 75, which won two German Carrera Cup races last year with Nicki Thiim, will field young German Marek Böckmann alongside Foster in its line-up this season.
Although focussed on his role with Team 75, Foster is likely to make a return to the Australian championship for the two-diver Rennsport event at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 29-June 1.