Foster Pulls Out Of Home Track Nationals
Kip Foster will not compete in this year's AKA Karting Nationals.
Despite the event running at his home track at Cockburn, Western Australia, the multiple champion has cited business reasons for his decision.
One of WA’s most successful drivers, and the proprietor of Karforce, Foster (right, Budd/KartX pic) recently proved his competitivness on the international stage when he crossed the line first at the SKUSA SuperNats in Las Vegas. Many thought he would back that up with a strong challenge for another Australian Title at one of his favourite tracks.
"With only a few months to go, last week I felt the (work) pressure being applied and it will only increase daily from now until the titles" Foster informed KartSportNews.
"Kartforce will have a marquee with around 30 karts, plus there will be many of my leased engines racing and everyone will want my attention. My customers come first and I couldn’t possibly try to mount a serious challenge of my own and do justice to my customers.
"I tried it at the recent WA State titles and running two classes for myself, two for my son Scott and one for my wife Kerry, plus trying to help everyone, proved too much and we had a dreadful meeting. So for the benefit of my family and customers I have decided not to race."
Once the Easter Nationals have been run and won, Foster will focus his attention back on America and the famous SKUSA event. "Then I will have no distractions and feel confident of bringing a major world title back to Australia” he said.
Foster would have been one of the few ‘home grown’ WA drivers with a chance to win a title in the fiercely contested Clubman Heavy class. Last weekend he tested a customer's kart and engine at the Super Series round at Cockburn and, although for testing purposes ran around 10kg overweight, looked very comfortable cruising past WA’s other leading Clubman Heavy drivers, setting consistently fastest times and avoiding any conflicts.