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Sergio gets back to the points in WC as Florian returns to victory!
Faster Than Speed - Great Britain Report
Faster Than Speed enjoyed a great weekend
"Sergio scores, Florian wins!" in Great Britain, with Sergio Casalins getting back to the points in the World Championship for the first time since his podium in the Melbourne season opener.
In the World Series, Florian Pechon returned to victory to take his third win out of the last four races in the Advanced division.
Sergio Casalins just missed entering Q2, qualifying 11th. Due to penalties applied to competitors, he was allowed to start 9th, enjoying the possibility of starting in a top-10 grid position with a heavy fuel load. Team mate Giuseppe Marconi qualified 21st.
In the race, Sergio showed quick pace throughout the race. Unfortunately, he was also too quick in the pitlane, meaning he had to take a drive-through penalty which cost him 5th place. Despite this problem, Sergio delivered a strong drive to finish in 7th position, taking the first points for the team since his Melbourne podium.
Giuseppe had a short but eventful race, including being hit by Ondrej Kuncman and later being involved in a pit-incident with Christian Smirnoff. The team was quick to replace his broken front wing, but Giuseppe unfortunately retired a couple of laps later with a disconnection.
Sergio Casalins (7th): "Well, a strange weekend for me. My Qualifying was not good but with the penalties I managed to start 9th. My strategy was very clear, with more than 70L in the first two stints, to try to end with a short and fast stint. All was going as planned in 7th or 8th position during all the race, but with more or less the same strategy of the drivers around me, so I couldn´t get an advantage of that.
My personal dissaster came when going to the pits for my second stop. Something happened with the speed limiter and I had a drive-through.
The good thing is that finally we could finish in P7 and score 2 more points for the team, because we really needed some. I can´t be really happy because it was very difficult for me to find my pace during the race, but I think that we are working in the right direction and it´s easier when your team is always supporting you as it happens in Faster Than Speed, so I only have to say thanks to all the drivers and staff of the team, because I'm sure that we can have a strong second part of the season."
Giuseppe Marconi (DNF): "Nothing to say. I'm sorry for Christian (Smirnoff) who wasn't able
"Faster Than Speed 2008" to finish his race because of my distraction. About the incident with Ondrej (Kuncman), I was slower than him and probably he was angry about his turn 1 incident, it can happen."
World Series Ace
Theo Gort and Mauricio Gomez both had strong races, on different strategies. Theo opted for a two-stopper unlike his team-mate who went for only one pitstop. Theo and Mauricio finished in 11th and 12th positions respectively, taking a few points home each. Gabriel Montanes, however, had a disappointing Sunday, suffering a disconnection which left him out of the race.
World Series Pro
A week later than originally scheduled, Faisal Niazi and Mindaugas Latisenka had good races in Silverstone. They finished in 9th and 10th positions respectively. It was a good effort from Mindaugas, who was unable to do any testing due to recoverying from a hand-injury.
World Series Advanced
Championship leader Florian Pechon was 3rd quickest in both Q1 and Q2 sessions. Team-mate Drazen Cokor, returning to the Advanced division, was 10th fastest in Q2, later taking 9th on the grid during Q2.
In the race, Florian delivered yet another fantastic performance, leading every single lap of the race once again to lead the 2nd placed driver by over 45 seconds. It was Florian's fourth victory of the season, the third one in the last four races, scoring 96 points out of last 100 available. Drazen Cokor had a difficult race, but took the last point by a 14th place finish.
With this result, Florian Pechon increased his gap in the championship lead, while the team has climbed to 2nd position in the standings.
World Series Amateur
Juan Nicola and Heinz Vanderhoydonck had a difficult evening. Juan, fighting with a less-than-ideal car setup, retired after a spin, while Heinz had a long pitstop for repairs after an incident and finished just outside the points in 15th.
After getting back to the points in WC and winning another WS race in Silverstone, Faster Than Speed will be looking forward to carry the momentum to next weekend's races at Hockenehim, Germany, where FSR raced for the last time in 2006.
Faster Than Speed
Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2008-07-25 23:49:51