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Patrick makes history as he takes Faster Than Speed's maiden WC victory!!
Faster Than Speed - Turkey Report
With a brilliant performance, Patrick De
"Patrick De Wit - 2007 FSR WC Turkish GP Winner!" Wit wrote an important piece of Faster Than Speed's history by taking the team's first ever race win in the FSR World Championship! It was also Patrick's maiden WC triumph and his third podium finish of the season. Patrick and FTS are now one of only 5 drivers and 4 teams to reach the top step of the podium in 2007.
In World Series Amateur, Boy De Wit, Patrick's twin brother (although an hour younger!), made his absolute simracing debut, after progressing at an impressive rate in the testing sessions.
Drazen Cokor and Boy De Wit took the 12th and 19th places respectively in the Q1 session, failling to advance to Q2 in a highly competitive grid.
In the race, both drivers had good races, with Drazen climbing several positions to end the race in 7th place. Boy, achieved a deserved race finish for his hard work, even managing to score points in his first ever simrace, finishing in 12th position.
In World Series Pro, Faisal Niazi was 5th quickest in Q1, improving one position to 4th in the Q2 session.
Faisal had a strong race with a one-stop strategy. Challeging Jorge Maenen for the win seemed a possibility until he was caught in traffic and lost precious seconds which allowed the leader to have enough gap to emerge ahead after his second stop. However, Faisal took a well-deserved 2nd place, taking his eight podium position of the season, his fourth in a row.
The World Series Ace event started in a dissastrous way for the team. Christian Smirnoff suffered from connection problems just minutes before the start and had to miss the race, after showing greatly improved pace in the testing sessions.
Gabriel Garivaldis set the 5th fastest laptime in Q1, later securing 8th on the grid during Q2. Theo Gort, who replaced Christian as Gabriel's team mate, qualified 15th.
In the race, after an exciting battle with Alvaro Parente, Gabriel's engine started loosing power after 25 laps. The team inmediately tried to tune the engine down to reach the checkered flag, but only 5 laps later, the engine blew up and ended his race prematurely. It was obviously not the best weekend in the Ace division, where the chances in both championships were severely compromised.
Theo Gort saved some points by finishing in 8th position.
In the World Championship race, Patrick De Wit and Guiseppe Marconi took the 4th and 11th spots in the Qualifying session, climbing a couple of positions each due to some penalties
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Patrick surprized everyone with a very strong two-stopper strategy, climbing to 2nd in the first lap with two inspired overtaking moves. Once the leader David Greco pitted, Patrick kept going for several laps and managed to emerge out of the pits ahead of him. Despite being passed by some lighter three-stoppers, Patrick managed to keep their pace and take the lead after all stops were done. World Champion Bruno Marques hunted Patrick down in the last laps, but Patrick kept his cool and administered the race to take a fantastic maiden victory both for him as a driver and for Faster Than Speed.
Team mate Guiseppe also drove a strong race, although his chances to score points were compromised when he was hit from behind by John-Eric Saxen, having to rejoin from the very back of the field. However, Guiseppe showed a very competitive pace to finish 11th, despite finishing just 38 seconds behind Patrick.
With this result, Faster Than Speed climbed to 5th position in the Constructors' Championship, while Patrick is also classified 5th in the Drivers' Championship.
Patrick De Wit (1st): "Wow! This is an historic day! Not just for me but also for the team. We got our very first victory in the World Championship which is so hard to compete in.
I had a bad Qualifying for my standards, I was all weekend below 26 times on low fuel and when it mattered I could not get it together, very strange. But still P6 and promoted to P4 as Marques and Kolbe had penalties from the last race.
Then at the start from P4, Kuncman and Lapchin were battling for 2nd place but I got a very good exit out of turn 1 and I could pass Kuncman, and going into t2/3 I passed Lapchin. Just managed to do it, he had just enough space to be on track
so no harm done there. After that I was 2nd in race and tried to catch Greco but after a few laps I realised he was on a different strategy because he was faster, not much, but faster. I just had to make sure the gap didn't increase more than 5 seconds or so, and it did not. In lap 21 I pitted and managed to stay just ahead of Greco, was leading a race again after Montreal, but Greco was hunting me but I knew the guys behind me were on 3 stops and I was on 2 stops so I was not worried at all. Greco passed me in lap 27 and a few corners later Kuncman passed too, and again, a few corners later, Lapchin passed me. There was nothing I could do as I had a heavier car and they had to pit anyway in few laps. Then
"Patrick De Wit, FTS-P7 (Photo by Sam Giltner)" after my 2nd pitstop I was 2nd behind Kuncman and he had to pit one more time but Marques passed me and I was worried he would hold me up for Kuncman, but was luckily not the case.
Then when Kuncman pitted I knew I had great chances to get my 1st victory of my career! I was worried Marques would not pit anymore, but he did in the end and after that I was just cruising around, making sure engine and brakes woudl last. On the last lap I was partying already!
When I crossed the finish line I went a little emotional, this is what we work so hard for, and finally my 1st victory! I want to thank my teammate for a delivering a great basic setup which we improved together.
And a big thanks to Faster Than Speed for giving me the chance in 2007 in the first place. I mean, I am so happy now that I gave something back to them! Sure, we had a Pole Position and 2 podiums but now we have a victory! I'm going to enjoy this for a long long time. On to Monza!"
Guiseppe Marconi (11th): "Bad Qualifying for me, 0.7 seconds over my personal best. For the race I had a good pace, only 0.2-0.3 seconds per lap over my testing pace. I could fight for the last points but at the 2nd lap John-Eric (Saxen) braked late at the first corner and hit me and I spun, so I was last then and I was only able to reach 11th place. No points at all but very funny race. Patrick, great mate, you catched your opportunity, great win, great job! "
Christian Smirnoff (Team Co-Manager): "I always knew this would happen sooner or later. Patrick needed to drive a faultless race with a great setup and strategy and we had all that here. It's a very special moment for the team and for Patrick, I'm very happy for him. I'm sure this is only the beginning of much more sucess for Faster Than Speed in WC! I want to thank Patrick for his superb drive last Sunday and Guiseppe who is also very important due to his dedication and knowledge about the car setup."
Faster Than Speed now moves to Monza, Italy, where Christian Smirnoff won last year in the WS Ace division, with very high motivation after this historic win!
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2007-09-05 01:20:15