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Patrick scores WC points as Nick climbs again to the podium!
Faster Than Speed - Spain Report
Faster Than Speed had a good start of the
"Another podium for Nick!" European season, as Patrick De Wit, despite struggling during the race, added two further points to the team's WC tally.
In WS Amateur, Nick Oldenhuis took his second podium finish in three races as he finished in 3rd place, while Roy Wachtmeester and Drazen Cokor gave FTS another double point-scoring result in WS Advanced.
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Patrick De Wit, Ernesto De Angelis and Florian Pechon, who was replacing Sergio Casalins, all went through the Q1 session, setting the 9th, 15th and 17th fastest laptimes respectively. Giuseppe Marconi just missed out by a small margin, qualifying 19th.
In Q2, Patrick set the 10th quickest time, securing a place in the top-ten shooutout. Florian continued his strong Qualifying performance as he took 15th of the grid, ahead of Ernesto in 16th. Patrick went on to take 10th on the grid during the race-fuel Q3 session.
For the second race in a row, Giuseppe was an unfortunate victim of a first-lap incident, which left him quickly out of the race. Florian's strong Qualifying couldn't be turned into a solid result as his engine stopped following a spin past half-distance.
While track modifications compromised Patrick's promising pace, he drove a solid race and made the best out of a weaker than usual car to pick up two valuable points finishing in 7th position. Ernesto, meanwhile, chose a very agressive 4-stopper
"http://www.fts-racing.net" strategy which unfortunately didn't work out for him. Despite pulling off some nice overtaking moves, he spent too much time stuck behind slower cars in a circuit where it's tough to pass, leaving him outside the points in 11th place.
World Series Ace
The team had a tough weekend in WS Ace, with Florian Pechon having to withdraw from the event due to technical difficulties, to guarantee the safety of the fellow drivers, and his team-mate Mauricio Gomez, having to start from the pitlane due to a missunderstanding with the league administration. Despite obviously losing all chances for a solid result, Mauricio was able to take part in the race, but unfortunately had to retire after a mid-race accident.
World Series Pro
Theo Gort qualified in 18th position, while Pablo Tassano, had to start from the back after being unable to take part in Qualifying due to a technical issue. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good Saturday for our guys, as Theo retired early, and Pablo followed soon after due to a disconnection.
World Series Advanced
Roy Wachtmeester, while unable to repeat his Bahrain Pole Position in Spanish soil, again entered Q2, where he qualified 8th. A 5 grid-position penalty, however, moved him down to 13th on the grid. Drazen Cokor, meanwhile, struggled again a little bit with his Qualifying pace, taking 23rd in Q1.
The penalty heavily hurt Roy's strategy, as he got stuck behind the heavy one-stoppers. He battled hard and showed strong pace, but he was unable to recover the lost time. However, Roy still took
"Nick Oldenhuis (FTS-P9)" some very valuable points as he finished in 8th place. Drazen, meanwhile, trying to find his way up from his lowly grid position, fought very hard and took the last point in 14th position.
World Series Amateur
Nick Oldenhuis set the 8th quickest laptime in Q1, while team mate Heinz Vanderhoydonck qualified in 17th place. Nick had a strong Q2 session, as he was 3rd fastest, repeating his best starting position, achieved in China.
Starting from the back due to a penalty, Heinz continued to be straight out of luck, as he was a victim of an accident off the grid, having to retire after only a few metres.
Nick, meanwhile, had a great start, taking the lead from the third grid box. He led the first 13 laps, before having to pit earlier than planned due to a fuel misscalculation, which cost him the lead after his stop. Despite losing 2nd to Patel after a small error, Nick kept a solid 3rd, saving the car to the end and scoring his second podium finish in the last three races.
Next weekend, FTS will be racing in the dangerous streets of Monte Carlo, in Monaco, probably one of the most prestigious and glamorous events of the FSR season. In 2007, Patrick De Wit took his first FTS podium in the Principality, while last year, Florian Pechon took the first of his series of 8 race victories aboard the FTS-P8.
Faster Than Speed
Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-05-27 18:49:57