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Florian makes it again in Montreal!
Faster Than Speed - Canada Report
Florian Pechon took Faster Than Speed's
"Florian makes it again in Montreal!" second victory of the season as he won for the second time in a row in the WS Advanced division.
Florian delivered another flawless performance, although the team was left wondering what could have been, as debutant Romain Moreno took Pole Position and fastest lap but retired with connection problems, which prevented the team from taking a deserved 1-2.
A week later than planned due to the race cancellation last week, Sergio Casalins and Giuseppe Marconi set the 7th and 16th fastest times respectively in the Q1 session. Sergio then went on to shine in Q2, setting the 3rd quickest time and being able to start from the front row due to a penalty to poleman Laurent Keersmaekers.
The race would, however, finish in a very disappointing way for the team. With a less-than-ideal strategy but leading several laps before his first pitstop, Sergio looked set for a strong point-scoring finish but retired early after smashing the car against the barriers. Giuseppe's race ended in a similar fashion, three laps later, in an afternoon of unrealised potential for Faster Than Speed.
Sergio Casalins (DNF): "Mixed feelings this weekend for me. The problem was that I started light on fuel, trying to push really hard behind Kolbe, but all went wrong when I was unable to find my pace and open the necessary gap to the other drivers. So after my stop I was in the middle of several battles for 6th position. That's why I knew that the only opportunity to take some points was to push hard, because going so short, all the other drivers were going to overtake me at the pitstops. So I pushed to the limit, overtaking Keersmaekers and then smashing the wall two corners later. A very bad way to end a really promising race with silly mistakes.
But on the other hand, I'm really happy about the performance we had during the weekend thanks to a incredible Giuseppe, who made a impressive setup, which was really good to drive, thanks mate! I'm sure that if we continue this way we are going to be fighting for the top positions."
World Series Ace
After getting a spot in the top-10, Carlos Lopez set the 9th fastest time in the Q2 session. Mauricio Gomez, from Colombia, making his debut for the team, Gabriel Montanes and Theo Gort, were 16th, 19th and 23rd quickest during Q1 respectively.
The race didn't start in a positive way for the team. Theo and Mauricio had to pit in the first laps for new front wings, while a collission between Mauricio and Carlos didn't help either. Despite having to recover from the back, Mauricio and Theo drove steady races to finish in 12th and 14th positions respectively. Carlos unfortunately suffered an engine failure with just 3 laps to go, while Gabriel retired after his first pitstop with technical problems.
World Series Pro
Faisal Niazi did a very quick lap in Q1 which left him 8th and able to progress to Q2, where he qualified 9th. Team mate Mindaugas Latisenka couldn't repeat his Monaco performance and qualified 19th.
"Faster Than Speed 2008" drove another good race to take strong points by finishing 6th. Mindaugas had a slightly more difficult race, as a first-lap incident meant he needed a pitstop for repairs which left him with the task of recovering from the back. Despite the setback, Mindaugas had an enjoyable race, overtaking several cars on his way to 9th position.
Mindaugas Latisenka (9th): "It was a special race weekend for me as exactly one year ago I made my FSR debut in this track. Fortunately, this year I finished P9, unlike last year where I had to retire due to a brake failure.
Anyway, the race wasn't too difficult. As usual, I lost everything in a first-lap crash, so after repairs in the pits I just had a calm drive with some nice overtaking moves, not much to tell about it. Faisal, great job with P6, you got it going! France is now coming, and hopefully it will be a breakthrough in my disastrous season."
World Series Advanced
Romain Moreno, from France, made his mark on his FSR debut. In both Qualifying sessions, he set the best laptime, taking his first Pole Position by just 0.002s over team mate Florian Pechon, who completed an all-FTS front row, after being 3rd fastest in Q1. Drazen Cokor, meanwhile, qualified 17th.
Just like in Monaco, Florian drove another fantastic race, leading every lap of the GP to take his third victory of the season and regain the championship lead after 7 races. However, despite celebrating the win, the team rued the lost chance for a 1-2 finish, as Romain remained just behind his team mate, and having set the fastest lap of the race, when connection problems left him out on lap 37. Drazen's race ended prematurely due to technical issues.
World Series Amateur
Juan Nicola took P1 in the Q1 session, gaining the right to participate in Q2, where he set 8th quickest time. Juan would however, start 2nd after penalties to other drivers were applied. Team mate Heinz Vanderhoydonck showed a much improved pace to qualify 13th.
After a good start, Juan's race went downfall after a spin. A longer pitstop than planned due to damage being repaired left him at the back. Juan recovered very well to finish the race in 9th position, although he left disappointed and wondering what could have been. Heinz drove a very strong race and looked set for an 8th place finish when unfortunately due to a misscalculation, he had to pit for fuel with only one lap to go. His engine cut off and he had to arrive crawling to his pitstop, which cost him 4 places, dropping him to 12th.
Faster Than Speed moves to Magny Cours, delighted about Florian's second consecutive win and encouraged by the strong performances shown. The team will be hoping to realise the potential in France, scoring big points in all divisions!
Faster Than Speed
Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2008-06-28 03:55:33