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Patrick & Roy score strong points in the desert
Faster Than Speed - Bahrain Report
Faster Than Speed finished the flyaway season
"Strong points in the desert for FTS" with strong results as Patrick De Wit took more WC points in Bahrain with a 6th place finish.
In WS, Roy Wachtmeester took his maiden Pole Position in WS Adv. He endured a tough race, but still finished in a solid 4th position. Pablo Tassano and Nick Oldenhuis took further points in WS Pro and Amateur respectively.
Patrick De Wit and Sergio Casalins were 3rd and 8th fastest in Q1, securing a place in the following round of Qualifying. Mauricio Gomez, replacing Ernesto De Angelis, and his team mate, Giuseppe Marconi, were unable to do so and qualified in 20th and 21st positions respectively.
Patrick and Sergio performed performed very solidly in Q2, setting the 3rd and 4th quickest laptimes, which meant they were slightly disappointed with 8th and 10th in the final Q3 top-ten shooutout.
The race start was disastrous for the FTS NetRex team. Mauricio, after recieving some rear damage in turn 2, spun his car at the exit of turn 4, collecting his team mate Giuseppe in the process, eliminating both from the race in the first lap.
Despite not feeling entirely confident for the race, Patrick drove another very good race, taking part in some interesting battles and making great use of his two-stops strategy. Towards the end, he looked set for a 4th place finish. Unfortunately, a small off on lap 45, cost him two places in the final classification and he finished in 6th place. Despite lamenting the lost chance for a better result, those 3 valuable points allowed Patrick to recover 3rd on the Drivers' Championship, while FTS keeps the same position in the team standings.
Sergio had a really disappointing race, as some last-minute
"http://www.fts-racing.net" setup changes for tyre wear concerns proved to be a bad idea, as his promising race pace, which the team believes could have taken him to a potential podium, was transformed into a 10th place finish, outside the points.
World Series Ace
Gabriel Montanes qualified in 18th position in Q1. His team mate, Mauricio Gomez, took the 22nd fastest time, and was improving his laptime when a power shortage didn't allow him to take further part in the event.
With Mauricio unable to race, Gabriel was the team's only hope for points in Sakhir. However, Gabriel's race went downhill as he collided with two cars that had hit each other ahead of him, and he had to pit for a new wing. This ended his chances as he finished 2 laps down in 16th.
World Series Pro
Pablo Tassano had a very solid race, after qualifying 18th, he was running in a comfortable 9th position with 12 laps to go. Things would become very tricky for Pablo, however, as he suffered a brake failure which caused him to damage the car and take and unplanned stop for repairs. Pablo, carefully nursing the car to the flag, eventually finished in 12th position.
World Series Advanced
Roy Wachtmeester showed impressive pace in Q1 as he set the 2nd fastest time, while his team mate Drazen Cokor qualified 18th. In Q2, Roy confirmmed his great performance as he set the quickest laptime to take his maiden Pole Position, only a week after taking his first podium finish.
Starting from pole, Roy led the first two laps, before a small mistake cost him the lead. It was the start of a tough race for Roy, who struggling to find any grip on his overheated tyres, had several moments which could have ended his race. Fortunately,
"Patrick De Wit (FTS-P9)" he managed to keep the car on track, and while not being able to drive at his testing pace, he still scored very valuable points with a solid 4th position.
Drazen struggled with his car after recieving first-lap damage, which while not terminal, it compromised his pace. He was happy to have finished again in the points, as he crossed the line in 13th place.
World Series Amateur
Nick Oldenhuis had a great performance in Q1 as he set the 2nd best laptime. His team mate Heinz Vanderhoydonck also performed well, just missing out on Q2 with the 11th time. Nick was disappointed with his Q2 lap as he took 10th on the grid.
Unfortunately, Nick was hit in the first corner, dropping to 19th place. Heinz, meanwhile, was carrying a back-of-grid penalty from Sepang, meaning both drivers were at the back despite their strong Qualifying performances.
Nick made good progress to get back to the points, despite struggling with his car, and took some valuable points crossing the line in 9th position. Heinz, meanwhile, struggled with his tyres and had to pit earlier than planned for fresh rubber. This made it very difficult towards the end of the race, causing him to go off track and lose his front wing while on a point-scoring position. Heinz went on to finish the race in 16th position, albeit scoring no points.
Stay tuned for our report on the start of the european season as FSR goes to Catalunya, in Spain. FTS will be doing its best as usual, aiming to spray champagne again this weekend!
Faster Than Speed
Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-05-17 01:50:11