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Sergio shines to climb to podium in FTS debut!
Faster Than Speed - Australia Report
Sergio Casalins took his first ever World
"Podium debut for Sergio!" Championship podium in his debut race for Faster Than Speed in Melbourne, Australia.
After the 5 podium finishes scored last season, FTS starts the new season with the right foot, clinching its eight Top-3 result in FSR's highest division.
With the new Qualifying-system in use, Sergio Casalins took the 10th spot during the Q1 session, later securing 8th in the grid with race-fuel in Q2. Team mate Giuseppe Marconi couldn't pass the Q1 cut and qualified 15th.
Giuseppe unfortunately had a short race, as problems with tyre temperatures caused a spin under braking. Giuseppe was collected by Roy Kolbe while facing the wrong way, ending his day prematurely.
Sergio, however, made a fantastic start to climb from 8th to 3rd place. The Spaniard drove a great race, always fighting for strong points throughout the race. Looking set for a 5th place finish, Casalins took full advantage of De Wit's and Kuncman's problems to clinch his first ever WC podium, with his 3rd place finish.
Sergio Casalins (3rd): "Very good weekend for me. After a very disappointing Qualifying session, I was able to start in P8, which wasn´t too bad.
I made a good start and took P2 in the first corner where some people had problems. I was then behind Greco during all my first stint, pushing hard and trying to open a gap with the rest of the drivers. I was driving avoiding problems and not pushing the engine over the limit to make sure I could finish. I was lucky because of Kuncman's and Patrick's (De Wit) problems, which gave me 3rd place.
I'm really happy, not only for me, but specially for Faster Than Speed, for the confidence they had in me when I signed the
"Faster Than Speed 2008" contract and for all the members of the team who really worked hard and gave me the opportunity to have a very good car during the weekend. I will continue working hard to have a very good pace in Malaysia too."
Giuseppe Marconi (DNF): "Unfortunately, I haven't had enough testing last week and I wasn't able to solve my troubles with hot rear tyres, which caused my spin and my race to end early. However, I will be there in Malaysia fighting to score some points for FTS. Congratulations to Sergio who took his first podium, great job mate!"
This result marks Faster Than Speed's best ever start of a World Championship campaign, with the team currently in third position of the Team Standings.
World Series Ace
The team suffered a very tough afternoon in the WS Ace division. In the super-competitive two-group Q1 session, both Theo Gort and Drazen Cokor were unable to make the Top-24 cut and had to cope with the disappointment of not entering the race. Carlos Lopez, meanwhile, did a good job in his first Qualifying for FTS and was 18th fastest.
Carlos made a great start and showed very good pace throughout the race, but unfortunately lost a lot of ground after needing a long pitstop after damaging the car and was unable to finish the race. With Carlos as the only FTS driver left, the team could not take any points away from the race.
World Series Pro
Faisal Niazi was disappointed to qualify in 9th position in the Q2 session. Team mate Mindaugas Latisenka, couldn't enter Q2 and qualified 23rd.
Mindaugas, despite running a promising race strategy, was an unfortunate victim of a first-lap incident which happened ahead of him, as another car was unable to see what was happening and pushed
"Faster Than Speed FTS-P8 (1)" Mindaugas into the barriers and retirement.
Faisal, however, drove a very strong race, and looked set for a 4th place finish, only for a technical problem to end his race in the last lap, leaving him classified a lap down in 8th position, which is little consolation after losing a good result with just over 2000 metres to go.
World Series Amateur
Diego Cueto did a wonderful job to enter Q2 on his debut race and qualify in 9th position. His team mate Heinz Vanderhoydonck unfortunately was unable to use the chassis which was set-up for his liking, and as a consequence had to start from the back of grid.
In the race, Diego drove a great race despite a couple of mistakes, taking a fantastic 5th place on his simracing debut. Heinz was not able to do much progress without his car setup, but still drove a steady race to see the checkered flag in his first race, in 17th position.
Diego Cueto (5th): "First ever race. Even though I'm happy with the result, nerves made things difficult! But after all the mistakes and a disappointing Q2, I can't complain with 5th place. After fighting for 4th place I spun twice and also did some 'rallying' once. Looking forward to improve in my first ever season."
The team is now hard at work in Sepang, Malaysia, where FTS will be hoping to continue in the same path in the World Championship and will look forward to a more successful World Series weekend.
Faster Than Speed
Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2008-04-04 06:09:05