GAWCOTT’S Dan Fox was a surprise late entry for the Bert Ray Memorial Trophy race – round three of the 2012 Champion of Brands series that was won in spectacular fashion by three-time Walter Hayes Trophy winner Joey Foster.
Fox looked set to miss the race until he managed to arrange logistics to compete, and once on-track the local racer was quickly up to speed at the wheel of the Van Diemen RF90 he had hired for the race from Dave Morgan Motorsport.
Following heavy overnight rain, the track appeared to be damp for race qualifying but, by the time the 15-minute practice session was over, the track dry.
Fox said: “I went out expecting the track to be wet and so the car was not quite as fast as I hoped due to its set-up.”
The Champion of Brands race formed the final race of the British F3-GT Championship weekend and provided a real classic for the fans at trackside.
At the end of 10 laps, Fox drove past the chequered flag in 11th.
He added: “I enjoyed the race. The Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit is a great track and I am pleased I raced this weekend.”
Snatching pole position on the final lap of qualifying to stamp his authority on the day was the returning Joey Foster.
Having raced for the East Claydon School team in the 2010 Walter Hayes Trophy, Foster suffered a back breaking accident at Spa just over 12 months ago.
His first race back from injury was at Thruxton two weeks ago which he won, and he arrived at Brands Hatch looking for another victory in a Don Hardman Automotive Ray.
His legion of fans were not disappointed as he drove an amazing race to snatch victory from Adrian Campfield - the reigning Walter Hayes Trophy winner - with a move just two corners from the chequered flag.
Afterwards Foster said: “It is a great feeling to be back in Formula Ford. I love the category and again this has been the perfect place to kick-start my career.
“I have enjoyed so much success in FF1600 and I feel very lucky to be able to race again.”
Foster has a huge following of fans, many of whom came to know him locally when he formed the central role of the Sheshon Racing for East Claydon School project two years ago.
He added: “I can’t thank everyone enough for their best wishes. After my crash at Spa I wasn’t sure if I would ever race again but people kept asking if I was going to race again.
“I feel fit and ready to race and to become the Champion of Brands is a great feeling. I am now looking for WHT win number four at Silverstone in November.”
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