|Married with two children
Lives – Washington, Tyne & Wear
Occupation – Green & White Mini Spares
Ex-Ian Sandwith formula C semi spaceframed austin mini
Kevlar composite panels
1500cc 8 port a series engine
Dog type gearbox
Plate type LSD
Twin 45 Webers
Avon Rallycross tyres.
A popular driver and forefront runner in the Retro Rallycross Championship the 2017 Retro Rallycross Champion, Lance Foster from Washington Tyne and Wear, has been a member of Retro Rallycross since its launch in 2012 racing the Green & White Mini Spares sponsored car.
Team Foster is a family affair; wife Lesley and their two Daughters are as much a part of Retro Rallycross as the driver; their wealth of motorsport experience, that began in the 1990’s, has seen the team remain loyal to the classic Mini, all of which have been prepared in the Green & White Mini Spares Yorkshire based workshops in Houghton Le Spring.
Foster has worked for Green and White for almost 30 years and thanks to Boss Ian Sandwith, continues to keep the Green and White Mini Spares flag flying; Sandwith, a popular and experienced rallycross racer in his own right, sadly had his own racing career cut short when he was forced to retire in 1992 after a crash at Nutts Corner left him with a serious neck injury.
The pair took the decision to rebuild the original ‘Green & White’ rallycross Mini after a spell in Autograss in a 1500cc version. When the project was completed the rallycross car was initially used in Autocross, success came easily earning several class, and overall event wins until making the move over to rallycross. A successful period followed with Foster taking the 2009 Championship title in the revivals class in the British Open Championship.
When Retro Rallycross launched in 2012 Lance Foster was one of the first drivers to sign up. The Green and White Mini Team instantly showed that they were there to be taken seriously; unfazed at challenging powerful BDA engined escorts, ultra quick VW beetles, Porsches’ and the occasional Group B machinery, for 5 years Foster regularly took the top step on the podium.
All eyes were fixed firmly on Foster during 2017, many fancying the Green and White teams chances of lifting the overall title from the start of the seas. Foster didn’t disappoint and despite some bad luck along the way with technical failure came back even stronger, with a point to prove; ” it might be a 1960’s icon, but ‘there is still plenty of life left in the little Mini’‘ Foster said in an interview.. Taking the Championship title and becoming the holder of the Retro Rallycross inaugural award ‘The John Button Memorial Trophy’ was as Foster put it ”the icing on the cake”. Expect the Green and White Mini team to be equally as competitive in 2018 and rest assured that Lance Foster can be expected to continue to put in ‘giant killing’ performances with wheel to wheel action, as the 2018 Championship unfolds.