ODIHAM racer Louis Foster will look to continue his great rookie season in the Ginetta Junior Championships at Oulton Park this weekend.

The teenager produced a storming recovery drive to pick up another podium finish from his home round of the Ginetta Junior Championship season at Thruxton.

Fresh from a breakthrough victory last time out at Donington Park, Foster headed for the fastest circuit on the calendar in confident mood, and a fine performance in qualifying saw him secure a place on the front row of the grid.

The opening race saw him shuffled back to fifth after early skirmishes, Foster forced his way back up the order and was holding second place going into the final lap, the 14-year-old Lord Wandsworth College student made his move for the lead going into the Complex but having got into top spot, was then tipped into a spin going into the right-hander at Segrave.

Fortunate to keep his car out of the tyre wall, Foster rejoined and took the chequered flag in eighth spot, with a trip to the podium as third placed rookie.

The second race saw Foster on pole position, but an issue with the gearbox on his car meant he was forced to try and take the start in second gear, meaning he was slow away as a result.

Squeezed towards the inside of the circuit as the field headed into turn one, the young racer was again tipped into a spin that dropped him to the rear of the field.

A brief safety car period provided the opportunity for Foster to close on the pack ahead and when racing resumed he quickly set about making up places, climbing up to eighth within three laps.

Continuing to pick off his rivals ahead, the Odiham driver went into the final lap with a podium finish in his sight and was able to complete a memorable recovery drive by battling into third spot for his fourth overall podium of the year.

Foster ended the weekend second in the championship standings, just 10 points behind leader Adam Smalley.

Foster said: "I feel a bit frustrated at the end of the weekend but at the same time, I’m also pleased with the way I fought back in the second race to get a podium.

"After qualifying well, I was confident of a strong result in race one and I feel we were robbed of a win in that one by a disappointing move that didn’t need to happen.

He added: "Going to the grid in race two we had a problem where I couldn’t get the car into first gear and it meant I had to try and take the start in second.

"That meant I was slow away and I got squeezed into turn one which spun me into the pit exit. From there, I didn’t think we’d get any kind of decent result.

"The Safety Car helped me catch up with the field and I thought we might have a chance to get into the top ten, so to make up 13 places and get onto the podium was great and means I’ve been able to salvage some good points.

"As ever, I want to give huge thanks to my sponsors and to the team for their support, and to be ten points away from the championship lead after three rounds is something I’m really happy with. Hopefully I’ve got my bad luck out of the way this weekend and we can come out fighting at Oulton Park."

Rob Collard will also be in action at Oulton Park in the British Touring Car Championship.