Team WFR has brought forward its plans to concentrate on the manufacture of its CN class WF03 sports prototype and allow its newly appointed agents, Xero Competition to take up the mantle of competing the car in the current SPEED EuroSeries.
It was always the intention of the factory to withdraw from competition once the WF03 design had been proven, and although the timeframe for this had not been determined, the domination at Paul Ricard and the immediate demand for customer cars has meant that the decision has been brought forward.
Following Joey Foster’s high speed crash in testing at Spa Francorchamps prior to the second round of the SPEED EuroSeries, the fledgling manufacturers find themselves with just two complete cars. Although chassis 002 stood up to the impact without any visible signs of damage, it has been withdrawn from use as a “sensible precaution”. In the meantime, as production is ramped up to take account of the current agreement with Xero, and significant other customer interest , it was determined that the works racing team programme should be suspended to allow the team’s workshop based resource to best meet the demands of the increased and unforeseen workload.
About the crash
Although initially attributed to a loss of downforce, the reason for the crash has not yet been confirmed. The car has now been returned to the factory and the team has undertaken a thorough investigation. Although they have not found anything unusual, a number of precautionary design developments will be incorporated at the rear of the car to ensure increased stability.
Joey underwent an operation to fuse a damaged vertebrae immediately after the crash and has since returned home where he is convalescing. He is bright and upbeat and believes that the prognosis is positive. He has full feeling in his limbs and feet and is already walking unaided.
WFR Managing Director Myles Schofield comments:
“We are all delighted that Joey is now back at home following a successful operation. I am in regular communication with him and he is very positive. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him racing again in the not too distant future.”
Meeting the terms of its agreement with Xero, WFR has now presented the north west based outfit with their second WF03 chassis which will allow it to enter two cars at the third round of the SPEED EuroSeries at Donington next month.
Speaking about his agreement, Xero team principal Dave Beecroft said:
“I am delighted to be appointed a WF03 agent and I intend to compete the car at the highest level and win races. It was a shame we had to withdraw from Spa, but I understood the decision perfectly. I am very pleased Joey is doing so well. It makes perfect business sense for WFR to concentrate on construction and allow me to sell their cars through results. I am looking forward to a successful year’s racing and a long term relationship with both WFR and WF03.”