ODIHAM teenager Louis Foster finished the season in great style, just missing out twice on a rookie podium places in the Ginetta Junior Championship finale at Brands Hatch.

The 14-year-old in only his third meeting in this class came away with an 11th, 9th and 8th place.

In the final race at the Kent circuit the teenager spent most the race in the top six, only being pushed off the track on the final bend onto the gravel, which cost him a couple of places.

On the plus side, it proved that Foster is already on the pace in the championship and he plans to be back in the same series in 2018.

Foster said: “I felt really confident after practice and qualifying, having not driven on the Brands Hatch GP track before. I was pleased to maintain my speed in the first race and could then build on that in the second race, but the third race was epic, I was able to keep the pace of the front runners and attack and defend well.

“I have come away from the race weekend really fired up for the Winter Series in six weeks time, and can’t wait for next year to really get more time behind the wheel.”

The Odiham teenager added: “My school (Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton) have been really supportive of my racing and I’m so grateful to them for accommodating the time I need to practice. My teacher came to watch the race this weekend too which was really nice.”