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Patrick takes another strong WC podium as Faisal takes his sixth P2 on a row!
Faster Than Speed - Belgium Report
Faster Than Speed and Patrick De Wit enjoyed
"Faster Than Speed 2007" their fourth WC podium finish of the season in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, with another strong performance!
In World Series Amateur, Drazen Cokor and Boy De Wit qualified in 15th and 19th positions, with Boy dropping to 21st on the grid due to a penalty.
In the race, Drazen enjoyed a strong race to finish just seconds away from the podium in 4th position. Boy, meanwhile, had to retire due to car damage.
In World Series Pro, Faisal Niazi was 2nd fastest in Q1. Making his debut for Faster Than Speed, from Lithuania, Mindaugas Latisenka was 5th quickest. In Q2, Faisal repeated 2nd position while Mindaugas took 4th on the grid.
Faisal, who after the Monza exclussion of both Briacciano Racing drivers was classified 2nd in Italy, finished for the sixth consecutive time in 2nd position, clinching his tenth podium of the season. Mindaugas had an eventful race after contact from champion Marcelli and an extra pitstop for a new front wing, but he still managed to finish in 5th position, in a very positive debut for the team.
With this result, FTS climbed to 2nd in the Constructors' Championship.
In World Series Ace, Christian Smirnoff and Theo Gort were 7th and 8th fastest in the Q1 session. In Q2, Christian qualified in a best ever 3rd despite heavy fuel, while Theo was 10th, dropping to 16th due to a penalty he was carrying from Italy.
Christian had a good race, even leading for a couple of corners before his first stop. After some difficult moments with backmarkers and a rough battle with Joao Barbosa, Christian finished in 4th position. Theo had a tough race, after a first lap collission made an early pitstop necessary, but he recoeved well to finish in 10th position.
After this race, Faster Than Speed got up to 2nd in the team standings, while
"Faisal Niazi, FTS-P7 (Photo by Sam Giltner)" Christian reduced the gap to Fred Gosling by 2 points, with now 37 points between them.
Christian Smirnoff (4th): "I was 7th in Q1, then I managed my best Q2 with 3rd place. Was an almost perfect lap to be honest.
Kept 3rd after the start. I did 2 stops, took the lead for a very short while before my first one, but lost out to Kaag who pitted later. Backmarkers were a real problem, lost a lot of time behind them and had some risky moments when they made mistakes in front of me several times, but in the end it didn't make a difference.
I had a rough batlte with Barbosa, after we went side by side through Eau Rouge, he squeezed me to the wall and I had to back off. Then when I was in his slipstream before Les Combes, he switched line at the last moment before braking and I almost ran into him, but managed to avoid him and pass through the outside.
In the end, I finished in 4th place. Lacked a little bit of pace to beat the podium finishers but I'm satisfied with my race, as I could fight again at the front. I reduced the gap in the championship but only by 2 points which aren't too useful."
In the World Championship, Patrick De Wit and Guiseppe Marconi had a slightly disappointing Qualifying sesion, taking 7th and 14th places on the grid.
However, Patrick made a great start, climbing 3 places in the first corner and later overtaking David Greco with an inspired move into the La Source harpin. From there, Patrick drove a consistant and lonely race to 3rd position, claiming his fourth podium finish of the season.
Guiseppe's race unfortunately lasted only a few seconds, as he suffered an engine problem at the end of the Formation Lap and was unable to start the race.
Patrick De Wit (3rd): "I had a terrible Qualifying,
"Patrick De Wit, FTS-P7 (Photo by Sam Giltner)" I could have been 3rd with ease, but I made big mistakes in both laps and only had an 1:45.2. Still it was good enough for P8, P7 after Ernesto (De Angelis) was starting from the back.
I had a pretty good start and could overtake Saxen, Lapchin and Kuncman, all in Turn 1. And then I was hunting Greco and I could overtake him in the La Source harpin. Then was just pushing a bit to maintain 3rd place, the guys in front were too fast today. In lap 28 I had a big scare after Rivage, nearly slammed into the wall but I could hold it together. I just nudged the wall but things could have been a lot worse if I would have damaged the car. But the race was rather boring for me, not what I expected, although the fight with Greco was cool.
But I am happy that we are now 4th in the Constructors' with Faster Than Speed. I hope to give them their best result ever! To achieve this with them is absolutely fantastic! They were the only team that had faith in me at the end of 2006 and I hope I showed in 2007 that they did not make the wrong decision."
Guiseppe Marconi (DNF): "Another weekend to forget. Bad Qualifying, over 0.6 sec from my testing time, and I lost the engine at the start. My apologies to Steve (Kasimatis) who was behind me."
With this result, Faster Than Speed is now in a best ever 4th position in the Constructors' Championship, a place that the team will be hoping to retain in the last three races, starting in the next one at Shanghai, China.
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2007-10-01 05:11:17