Faster Than Speed 2009 Launch: FTS-P9 & Rex2009eda unveiled, driver lineups revealed!
Faster Than Speed 2009 Launch
Faster Than Speed is proud to present its
"FTS 2009 Launch!"
2009 Formula SimRacing campaign. The team wishes to launch the new FTS-P9 and Rex2009eda contenders, while revealing the driver lineups for the season!
After Florian Pechon's and the team's double WS Advanced title in 2008, and now with the previously announced FTS NetRex partnership, Faster Than Speed hopes to return to the top step of the WC podium while continuing the trend of WS success.
The Launch Video!
Please don't miss our spectacular launch videoclip of the FTS-P9 and Rex2009eda cars, prepared by Gabriel Montanes and Christian Smirnoff to present Ernesto De Angelis' masterpieces to all the FSR world! You can watch the video here:
The FTS-P9 & the Rex2009eda!
Following the spectacular FTS-P8, Ernesto De Angelis does it again, and this time, twice!
The FTS-P9, our latest beast, features a meaner-than-ever panther, setting the standard once again in the Formula SimRacing field. There are two versions of the FTS-P9, with the traditional black turned into reflective grey for our WS Panthers teams.
For the Rex2009eda, De Angelis combined the agressive FTS look with NetRex GP's colours and its traditional T-Rex dinosaur, the mix resulting in one of the most amazing designs of the entire field.
22 exclusive shots of our FTS-P9 and Rex2009eda challengers can be found in http://www.fts-racing.net . You can also download our 2009 Launch Wallpapers.
After a one-year farewell, Faster Than Speed's maiden World Championship winner, Patrick De Wit, returns to the team hoping to reunite himself and FTS with victory. After a fantastic 2008, in which he finished 3rd in the championship, Patrick will be now hoping to be back to the top step in his return! His team mate will be Sergio Casalins, who had a difficult season after a podium start in Melbourne, but always showed the performance and potential to fight at the very top, and will be looking forward to do so in 2009.
Patrick De Wit (#22): "In 2009 I return to FTS because of the great partnership we had in 2007 and the great atmosphere in the team. At FTS I feel comfortable and in this season I expect to win more races and fight for the World Championship. In 2007 we were able to win our maiden GP and this great achievement needs succession. Last year I managed to finish in third place in the overall standings. Although I had a reasonably good year, it definitely could have been better. The technical problems I endured during the first races were resolved and the second half of the season was simply superb. I'm really happy to return to FTS and want to continue where I left off last season. Together with my teammate Sergio Casalins I want to win some races and by working together we can put FTS high in the Constructors' Championship."
Sergio Casalins (#23): "I'm really looking forward to this year in FSR, we have a really strong team in all the series, with great people helping each other and I'm sure that results will come, working this way. After last year's disappointing season in WC for FTS I think that we need to put the team back to the place it deserves. About my expectations for this year, it will be to mantain a high level during the season, I had my first podium in 2008 and I want to have the chance to be there more times this year. I'm pretty sure that with hard work that can happen. During the first tests with the new car I felt confident and that's a very good starting point. I'm really happy to have the chance to work together with Patrick and I'm sure that I will be able to learn from him and score together strong points for the Constructors' Championship. As always, I have to thank Christian for his confidence and all the advices, it's a pleasure to be part of Faster Than Speed!"
Giuseppe Marconi will race his third full season for FTS, this time driving for the new FTS NetRex team. Giuseppe will be as usual using all his experience to push the team forward. This year, FTS gives itself another pleasure, as it features a WC World Champion in its lineup for the first time. Ernesto De Angelis, 2002 WC Champion and several-times WC winner, joins the team as Giuseppe's team mate in the FTS NetRex team!
Giuseppe Marconi (#20): "I am truly delighted to be at FTS NetRex. I get the chance to feel right at home again, next
to my old friend Ernesto. I want to personally thank Ernesto De Angelis for this chance, we'll work together as every year to do the best we can for FTS NetRex. I'm very happy to stay in FTS again and I need to thank my team mates for that, specially my friends and Christian for his help in the last seasons."
Ernesto De Angelis (#21): "In 2009 I hope to finally do more races, whatever practice and results I can get. It's always a special feeling for me to drive a NetRex car and the partnership with FTS can only make it more special. I can't really have very high goals but really, as I said, I would like to be on the grid in as many races as possible and would be great to be back to winning."
WC's latest race winner, James Andanson, also joins the team as test & reserve driver.
James Andanson: "I'm glad to join FTS. Thanks to Patrick De Wit for introducing me. I hope to do some races this year, good luck to everyone in the team this season."
In the World Series Ace division, FTS will feature 2008's WS Advaned Drivers' Champion, Florian Pechon, who makes the jump to the Ace division this year. While his fantastic debut season will be difficult to improve, the team believes he is fully ready for the step. Mauricio Gomez, after showing strong performances last year, will be his team mate. Gabriel Montanes, meanwhile, will drive for the team's FTS Ace Panthers.
Florian Pechon (#29): "Last season has been a very succesful year, as we clinched both Drivers' and Constructors' Championships. This season will be very exciting in the Ace division where I hope to get a few podiums. For sure, all the opponents will be very competitive, so I know that there will be hard work to accomplish. The new car is simply wonderful and it seems quite stable I must say, so this is a good point. All in all, I'm sure this season will be a very good one for the Faster Than Speed team."
Mauricio Gomez (#30): "The 2008 season was actually very good indeed for my learning and ratification of my level. I reach this year with good performances in the elite WC division and scoring points in 80 % of the official races, with only two DNFs. This year, with new physics and chassis, I want to contribute with my talent and enthusiasm, scoring many podiums and I hope to be in the top 5 in the Ace division, as well as to compete in WC when needed, acquiring experience to make the final step. I'm really happy to drive for FTS and want to continue where I left off last season, and win some races."
Gabriel Montanes (#31): "This year, in my second season with FTS my expectations are higher than in 2008, last year was hard for me and I couldn't hold the level from my rookie year in the league. After I changed team in the beginning of the season to FTS, it was a big improvement. First of all, I want to be defend the team's colours. trying to improve and contribute with setup development, tire testing and race trims. WC lineup is very strong again, so our contribution can add a little bit to increase performances or decrease possible problems in the race to get the main FSR title. I think 2009 is going to be a great year for FTS!"
In World Series Pro, FTS will feature Theo Gort, who returns after a half-season sabbatical, together with Pablo Tassano, from Uruguay, who will make his FTS debut in Melbourne.
Theo Gort (#9): "After spending most of the time on trackwork last year, I'm back for some good racing at FSR! Driving in Pro this time, and hopefully it will be a succesful and fun season for everyone in FTS!"
Pablo Tassano (#10): "I really appreciate the oportunity to be in this team because I always wanted to be part of the team with, in my opinion, the best history and group of racers. I hope that you can feel like me when you finally get to know me better."
In the World Series Advanced division, Faster Than Speed will have the task of defending the Constructors Championship crown. Featuring numbers #0 and #2, Roy Wachtmeester will line-up together with Drazen Cokor, who returns to the team.
Roy Wachtmeester (#0): "Of course I'm looking forward to the next FSR season. I jumped in at the Hungarian GP, where I had my first drive for the FTS team. It was an amazing experience, and I decided to pursue this further. Also, in 2009, I'll be racing in the Advanced division, hoping to score some points with my team, as well as to gain more experience. All of this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't met Patrick, so my thanks goes out to him. And not to forget Christian and everybody in the FTS team, they've been of great help and superb support when needed."
Drazen Cokor (#2):
"After a very poor season last year, expectations are much better in 2009. Last year, everything was wrong from the beginning, and I will try not to repeat the same this year. 2009 will be my third year in FSR and Faster Than Speed. I don't want to say anything about my expectations for the new season, because I'm not good with forecasts, but I will try very hard to do the best I can for a good result, as always."
In World Series Amateur, Heinz Vanderhoydonck will continue this season. This time, he will be partnered by Nick Oldenhuis, who will have his maiden race for FTS after joining the team some time ago.
Heinz Vanderhoydonck(#34): "My goal at FTS for 2009 is to perform better than last year. Driving in cockpit view was new for me and I needed some time to adapt because of that. It was a year where the main thing was to learn. I will this year participate in the Amateur series again, I am confident and my motivation is high. I am looking forward to the new season here at FTS, I need to say that the guy's here gave me a big support and I want to thank them all for that. I will do my best and try to get some points for my team. See you all at the track."
Nick Oldenhuis (#35): "I think with the team that we have now we can definitely battle for some race wins, but all depends on the cooperation between all of us. I see FTS becoming more and more a regular contender for top positions this season. As for myself, I expect some results this season. Last year was really demotivating by missing every race by a mere tenths in qualifying. After a long year's work I am eager to get back into the car and see if I can manage to be more consistent in qualifying and finish races. Points will come eventually, but getting into the races is my first priority."
Comments from the Management
Gabriel Garivaldis (Team Owner): "Patrick De Wit is the team's first and only WC race winner and we welcome him with open arms back to the team. His team mate will be Sergio Casalins who we have a lot of faith in and is a very committed and likeable member of the team. We believe he will work very well with Patrick and all his teammates at FTS. Ernesto and Giuseppe are both good friends and I think they are a perfect match as team mates. They will drive for FTS NetRex, which will in no way be our second team, as both teams will have an equal status. Ernesto is a known race winner as well as a past champion of the series, and with his comrade Giusseppe we expect them to be fierce competitors. This will be an exciting year for the team in the World Championship and altough we expect it to be very challenging, we have no doubt in our skills and morale as a team."
Christian Smirnoff (Team Manager): "I always say that the team launch is a very special moment for everyone in the team, and I'm specially very proud of this year's. We have a fantastic driver lineup with Patrick's return, a championship-winner driver like Ernesto, and we are very happy to renew our trust on Sergio and Giuseppe. We also have a very strong WS lineup, and Ernesto has done an incredible job with our FTS-P9 and Rex2009eda challengers, they simply look amazing! Our partnership with FTS NetRex is very exciting, and we have our most spectacular launch in a long time! I have no doubt that we will be fighting up there this year and the team spirit is fantastic! Thanks to all FTS drivers for their hard work and Gabriel for his confidence. as always."
Countdown to Melbourne...
In less than three weeks time, Faster Than Speed will be taking part in the Australian GP in Melbourne... so get ready... set... GO!!