Married with two children
Lives – Washington, Tyne & Wear
Occupation – Green & White Mini Spares

Car:

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.

Retro Info:

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.