RISING star Louis Foster added more podium silverware to his ever-growing collection as the Ginetta Junior Championship season reached the half way stage at Croft.

The 14-year-old Lord Wandsworth College student from Odiham was keen to build on the double podium he secured last time out at Oulton Park.

A tough qualifying session saw Foster line up eighth on the grid for the opening race of the weekend but he was soon making up places when the lights went out.

Having climbed into the top five, he then lost places after contact from Ruben del Sarte and with the steering on his car slightly out, he would cross the line in fifth spot as third rookie.

From seventh on the grid in race two, Foster would maintain his position through the eight-lap encounter for another third place rookie finish and went into the final race seeking to make progress towards the front of the field.

Starting from seventh on the grid once again, the Odiham teenager quickly fought his way forward and by the half-way point of the race, was running third spot.

Even with damage to the front of his car affecting the aerodynamics, he was able to keep the squabbling pack behind at bay to take an eighth rookie win of the year and third overall.

It means he heads into the summer break second in the overall standings and top rookie racer. The next meeting is at Snetterton on July 28.

“It’s not been an easy weekend but I’m quite happy at the end of it,” Foster said. “After a tough qualifying, I hoped we could move forwards in the first race but there was some contact at one of the fastest parts of the circuit that cost me time.

“Race two was difficult as again we didn’t quite have the pace, but in race three we were strong despite the aero getting messed up and to take another podium finish is pleasing going into the summer break.

He added: “Overall, I’m delighted with how the year has gone so far and we’ve been on the pace at every circuit and running towards the front of the grid.

"To sit second overall and be top rookie is fantastic and we have something good to build on in the second half of the season.”