LOUIS Foster heads to the final weekend of the Ginetta Junior Championship still in the thick of the title race.

This was after the teenager showed stunning form with a hat-trick of race victories in the penultimate meeting of the season at Silverstone.

The 15-year-old Lord Wandsworth College student from Odiham headed to the Northamptonshire circuit, as the form driver in the series having taken double victories at both Rockingham and Knockhill.

Foster qualified in fourth place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend at the wheel of his Elite Motorsport-run car, and quickly moved into the lead when the lights went out before a multi-car incident forced the race to be red-flagged.

Once the damaged cars had been removed from the circuit, the action resumed with Foster leading the field away from pole position.

Retaining his advantage when the lights went out, Foster would lead every lap of the race to secure a third straight victory.

Starting fifth for race two as a result of his second best qualifying time, the Odiham driver faced a challenge to keep his podium run going but moved his way up to third spot only to then be shuffled back to fifth during a heated battle for position.

Undeterred, Foster got his head down and was soon making up places again – fighting his way to the front to secure the lead by the 11th lap.

Once ahead, he was able to control things from the front to make it seven wins for the season.

Seeking to secure a rare hat-trick of wins, Foster started the final race of the weekend from pole position but lost his advantage at the start to rival Patrick Kibble.

Back ahead by the end of the Wellington Straight with a stunning move into Brooklands, Foster then eased away from the pack behind as they diced over second place and was able to take a comfortable win by a margin of more than five seconds.

It means Foster has now taken eight wins this season – with seven of those victories having come in the last eight races – and sits second in the overall championship standings when dropped scores are taken into account.

Foster also now has an unassailable advantage in the rookie standings with three races to go in the season finale at Brands Hatch.