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Patrick takes a solid 4th, Jorge climbs to the podium, as Agustin and Sven shine on their FTS debuts!
Faster Than Speed - Great Britain Report
Faster Than Speed enjoyed a strong Sunday
"Solid Sunday for FTS!" in Silverstone, with Patrick De Wit obtaining a strong, albeit bittersweet, 4th place. Agustin Canapino scored a point on his WC debut for FTS NetRex, in his second race of the day, after taking a fantastic 5th in WS Ace.
In WS Advanced, Jorge Maenen took another podium, joined by a great performance from FTS newcommer Sven Hesse.
Agustin Canapino, who joined FTS a few months ago but was unable to debut earlier due to his real-racing commitments in Argentina, where he participates in Turismo Carretera, TC2000 and Top Race V6, made his WC debut for the FTS NetRex team. Showing his skills inmediately, he was the quickest FTS runner in Q1, setting the 8th fastest time. Sergio Casalins and Patrick De Wit also advanced to the following session, not without suffering a little bit though, as they were in 17th and 18th places respectively. Giuseppe Marconi, meanwhile, just missed the cut, qualifying 19th.
In Q2, Patrick returned to the top-ten, setting the 6th quickest laptime, with Agustin just behind in 7th, securing a place in the top-ten shootout in his first attempt.
In Q3, Agustin delivered another fantastic lap to qualify 6th for his maiden WC race, while Patrick took 8th on the grid.
While many drivers opted for three-stop strategies, Patrick's 2-stopper was one of the keys to his race. Showing a very competitive pace, he made solid progress throughout the race, advancing to 5th after his first pitstop and to an eventual 3rd after the second one. With a podium finish in target, Patrick kept pushing to stay away from the hard-charging duo of Mikkonen and Morris. However, on lap 52 the high kerb on Chapel corner destabilized Patrick's FTS-P9, sending him over the grass on the opposite side of the track. A great save allowed him to return to the track without losing control of his car, but not to remain in front of Mikkonen and Morris. Patrick inmediately fought back, squeezing past Morris through Club corner, then confirmming his 4th position into Abbey as the British driver outbraked himself and went off-track. Unable to re-catch Mikkonen, Patrick saved the car in the closing laps to take a very strong 4th place, despite lamenting the podium finish that could have been.
Agustin, meanwhile, drove a very solid race, battling most of it against established WC veterans. He showed great pace throughout the race, with
"http://www.fts-racing.net" his fastest lap being only 2 tenths of a second slower than winner Kolbe's. Despite his chances being compromised by a small error and losing time stuck behind Keersmaekers, Agustin kept it together until the end, benefiting from retirements in the closing-laps to achieve the impressive feat of scoring a point on his World Championship debut, as he crossed the line in 8th position.
Sergio and Giuseppe were again struck by bad luck, as Sergio's engine failed on the Spaniard, while Giuseppe suffered a disconnection just a couple of laps later.
World Series Ace
Agustin Canapino made his FTS debut in WS Ace, where he drove his first FSR races back in 2007. For the first of his two races of the day, Agustin set the 6th fastest time in Q1, advancing to Q2, where he later secured 9th on the grid. Team-mate Florian Pechon, meanwhile, qualified 16th.
Florian drove a strong race, showing good pace, but unfortunately he had to retire after clipping the kerb wrongly in the high-speed Copse corner, which caused him to lose control of his car, causing terminal damage. Agustin, meanwhile, surprized many as he delivered a fantastic performance in his first FSR race of the season, getting close to the leaders' pace in the closing stages to finish in an impressive 5th position.
World Series Pro
Alberto De Juan, from Spain, made his FTS debut in Britain. After qualifying 20th, he made an incredible start to climb up to 5th place. However, a highly-agressive move from a competitor ended in contact, damaging Alberto's car and dropping him many places back. The incident also caused damage to his engine, which unfortunately failed after half-distance.
World Series Advanced
Jorge Maenen set the fastest time in Q1, with Sven Hesse, from Germany, racing for FTS Advanced Panthers for the first time, also advancing to Q2, with the 8th quickest time. Roy Wachtmeester and Drazen Cokor were unable to do so, qualifying 14th and 22nd respectively.
In Q2, Sven delivered a great lap to take 3rd position on the grid, while Jorge couldn't repeat the same performance as earlier with race-fuel, and took 5th.
Sven had a great drive on his FTS debut, progressing to 3rd after his second stop, with Jorge Maenen in 4th, who also drove a very strong race. With Sven needing to save his engine revs, Jorge caught up with him quickly. Despite having absolutely
"Agustin Canapino (Rex2009eda)" no team orders, Sven had the great gesture of not offering much resistance to Jorge, who passed his team-mate to take the last podium spot, finishing in 3rd position, while Sven secured a best-to-date 4th place.
Drazen had a good race, despite being spun around by a competitior and a little mistake, he took points as in every race so far, after finishing 11th. Roy had a tough race, struggling with heavy understeer, suffering suspension damage after contact from Fields. A long pitstop for repairs didn't help either, with Roy making the best out of the difficult race to score a few points in 13th.
World Series Amateur
FTS had a tough Saturday in WS Amateur. Juan Nicola was 4th fastest in Q1, later securing 9th in Q2 with a heavy-fuelled car. Tomas Marino qualified 13th. Unfortunately, Carlo Willemsen, from Netherlands, making his FTS debut, and Heinz Vanderhoydonck, had a difficult Q1 session, slightly missing the top-26 cut, which didn't allow them to take part in the race.
Juan had a tough start as he was a victim of a long-lasting red light which caused him to jump the start and be given a drive-through. As he entered the pits to serve his penalty, he exceeded the speed limit, meaning having to return for a stop-and-go penalty the following lap.
While Juan unfortunately retired early, unable to show the great pace he had, Tomas wasn't any luckier. Having to start from the back due to a penalty he carried from Turkey, he climbed to 9th until recieving a drive-through. He dropped back many places, but recovered well, until he also picked up a stop-and-go for speeding in the pitlane during his only planned stop, the penalty dropping him out of the points, where he finished in 18th place.
Faster Than Speed now moves to the Nurburgring, in Germany, where FSR last raced in 2007. before the GP alternated to Hockenheim last year. The team will be hoping to return to the World Championship podium, while continuing to score strong results in the World Series.
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-07-11 20:15:44