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Patrick takes podium and fastest race lap in WC!
Faster Than Speed - Brazil Report
Patrick De Wit took Faster Than Speed's
"Faster Than Speed 2007" fifth podium finish of the season in the World Championship's race at Interlagos, Brazil. He also set the quickest lap of the race in the final tour.
In World Series Amateur, Drazen Cokor qualified in 4th position, with team mate Boy De Wit in 20th.
Unfortunately, Drazen had to retire after leading a race for the first time, as he hit the barriers while trying to defend his lead. Boy, meanwhile, completed the race without making pitstops, finishing in the points in 11th place.
In World Series Pro, Faisal Niazi and Mindaugas Latisenka were 6th and 7th respectively in both Q1 and Q2 sessions.
Mindaugas drove a strong race to finish in 4th position, his best to date. Team mate Faisal was affected by limited testing time, but also drove a solid race to finish in 5th position, despite having to make an extra stop in the penultimate lap due to a fuel miscalculation.
With this result, Faisal has secured the runner-up position in the Drivers' Championship, while both Faisal and Mindaugas will be hoping to secure the same position in the team standings in Japan.
In World Series Ace, Christian Smirnoff and Theo Gort had a difficult Qualifying, only managing positions 13th and 21st on the grid respectively.
Theo had to retire early, while Christian had an agressive start, passing six cars in the first two laps. However, his starting position and an incident with a backmarker compromised his chances against championship leader Fred Gosling, leaving Christian out of reach for a second consecutive title by just 1 point. Despite pushing hard to catch 5th placed Huis in the closing laps, which would have left Christian with small chances going into the season finale, it was not possible and he finished 6th.
Christian Smirnoff (6th): "Well, I won't win a second championship this season. I made things difficult by qualifying 13th, when I definitely had the pace to be in Q2.
I went for a longer first stint than planned and made a very agressive start, passing many cars to 11th after the first corner and 7th by lap 2. I pushed very hard
"Patrick De Wit, FTS-P7 (Photo by Sam Giltner)" throughout the race, but in the end finished 6th which left me out of reach for the championship by just 1 point.
Unfortunately an incident with a Roaldo backmarker who slowed in the middle of the racing line in the Juncao corner, cost me the chance to be 5th which would have left me with a small chance, but I still pushed very hard in the end to try to pass Bono Huis, who I had a very nice battle with, but it wasn't possible.
Congratulations to Machiel (Schönbeck), to Roaldo Racing for the championship and to Fred Gosling who will most probably take a well-deserved championship in Fuji."
In the World Championship, Patrick De Wit qualified in 5th position, while team mate Guiseppe Marconi took the 16th spot on the grid.
Right after the start, Guiseppe was an innocent victim of a collission between Kohl and Bengtsson, which left him with a puncture and front left suspension damage, which together with a first-lap pitstop to replace the damaged tyre, severely compromised Guiseppe's chances, who finished the race in 10th position.
Patrick, meanwhile, had a much more successful race. After overtaking Rouault and Kolbe, Patrick showed he had the pace of the Diamond leaders, slowly catching Ondrej Kuncman by reducing the gap by a small margin lap after lap. Once he finally catched Kuncman after the last round of stops, Patrick made small contact with him, which unfortunately spun Patrick's car around. However, 3rd place was never in danger, with Patrick taking his fifth podium of the season, and seventh in the team's history. To round off his strong weekend, Patrick set the fastest lap of the race in the final one.
Patrick De Wit (3rd): "Finally a solid Qualifying performance but still not where I want to be. 5th was not bad at all, though.
I had a good start with Rouault behind me. I was 4th behind 3rd placed Kolbe, who had difficulties getting into rhythm and held me up, so at the end of lap 1 I had a bad exit in the last turn and Rouault passed me on the start/finish straight, but I passed him back at the Senna S. I was then hunting Kolbe, he should have been much faster
"Faisal Niazi, FTS-P7 (Photo by Sam Giltner)" on a 3 stopper but he was not. I lost time driving behind him the first 9 laps, until he finally made a small mistake and that was enough to pass him.
Then I was in pursuit of Kuncman. He was fast and I was only gaining little time per lap. Any error I made would cost me 0.5 seconds with ease. I battled hard but after the pitstop he was still ahead, I think it was due to stopping a lap later than me. I tried my best at the pit entry and I gained a lot there compared to the rest of the field but it was not enough. After the second pitstop my only chance was putting heavy pressure on Kuncman, which I did, but then in the infield I got a little too close and kissed his car which spun me around and I was relegated to 4th, after Kolbe passed me. I tried to pass Kolbe in the Senna S but it was a bit too optimistic, so I ran wide. I knew he was on 3 stops so I had to let him go.
Then it was just driving home for 3rd place ater Kolbe made his third pitstop. In the end I was actually pushing for the fastest lap of the race which could have been 0.3s faster then I did, but on lap 71 I did a 1:09.951 which was the fastest, in the final lap.
I'm very happy with another podium finish and securing 5th place in the Drivers' Championship! Now my aim is to finish 4th with Faster Than Speed in the Constructors' Championship. The aim was high after a bad start to the season. Still one race to go, but my season is already ending on a high for me!"
With his podium result, Patrick De Wit has secured 5th position in the Drivers' Championship, while the team will go to Fuji hoping to defend its best ever 4th position in the team standings. Faster Than Speed currently has an 8-points gap over fifth placed Kiwi Virtual.
Faster Than Speed now moves to Fuji, Japan, a circuit which is new for all drivers and the one that will mark the end of an exciting 2007 season.
Faster Than Speed
Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2007-10-31 05:04:24