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Agustin makes his point as Roy and Tomas score solid points
Faster Than Speed - Hungary Report
Featuring an unusual driver lineup, Faster
"FTS scores at Hungary" Than Speed scored a World Championship point at the twisty Hungaroring, as Agustin Canapino finished in 8th place.
In the World Series, Roy Wachtmeester took a strong 5th, while Tomas Marino scored his first points with a solid 6th. Juan Nicola also made it to the points despite a difficult race.
With Patrick De Wit serving his suspension, and Sergio and Ernesto unavailable, FTS featured an unusual driver lineup, with Agustin Canapino and Florian Pechon driving the FTS-P9's, while racing for FTS NetRex were Giuseppe Marconi next to Robert Fakes, from Formula Racing Organization, who we thank for allowing Robert to be at the wheel of the Rex2009eda.
Agustin and Florian clocked the 14th and 18th fastest times in Q1 to advance to the following session. Robert and Giuseppe, meanwhile, qualified in 22nd and 23rd places respectively.
In Q2, Florian surprized with a great lap to 13th, with Agustin right behind in 14th place.
Agustin and Florian drove together for most of the race, the pair having two of the heaviest cars on the grid as both went for a 2-stopper race. While the strategy might have proved less than ideal, with the fuel weight compromising the pace a little bit more than expected, they both ran solid races. While unfortunately Florian lost a few seconds as he was spun around by a competitor, Agustin had a small spin which cost him a position to Tom Eley, but still made it to the points in 8th position, repeating his scoring-finish from Silverstone. Florian finished just outside the points in 9th position, clearly knocking on the door of maiden WC points.
For the FTS NetRex drivers, it was a mixed afternoon. Giuseppe was again very unlucky to suffer an early retirement as he was one of the two victims of Uysal's crash. Robert, meanwhile, enjoyed his first WC experience, driving a solid race until he stalled the car following a small spin, being unfamiliar
"Roy Wachtmeester (FTS-P9)" with WC's manual clutch.
World Series Ace
Florian Pechon and Gabriel Montanes qualified in 13th and 18th positions respectively.
Gabriel unfortunately had an early exit on lap 7. Florian, however, was making the best of his 2-stops strategy after a great start. Showing strong pace, it seemed like Florian could take a very good result, until he took too much curb and spun into the barriers. While the team tried to repair the damage and fuel him to the end, Florian had to retire a few laps later.
World Series Pro
Alberto De Juan and Pablo Tassano took 19th and 22nd on the grid during the Qualifying session.
In the race, Alberto's car was hit by a competitor, which sent him to the barriers. He was unable to continue as the engine was damaged, which left Alberto out only a few laps after the start. Pablo made a good start and climbed to the top-10 before having to make an unplanned pitstop after contact with another car. With only 11 laps to go, Pablo had to retire from a point-scoring position as he suffered an engine failure.
World Series Advanced
Roy Wachtmeester set the 5th quickest laptime during Q1, securing a place in the top-ten Pole shootout. His team-mate Sven Hesse qualified 14th.
In Q2, Roy took 9th on the grid despite carrying a heavy fuel load.
In the race, Roy made the best of his strategy to advance several places, while he also pulled off a spectacular move on Stuart Fields. While being delayed by a backmarker cost him the chance to finish a position further up, Roy still took strong points for his 5th place finish, just half a second away from the fourth-placed finisher.
Sven, meanwhile, had a very tough race, his car suffering damage after being hit in the first corner and later making unavoidable contact with another car the following turn. Incidents plus a drive-through penalty left Sven outside the points-scoring positions, before he retired with 12 laps
World Series Amateur
Juan Nicola and Tomas Marino showed very strong pace as they were 3rd and 5th fastest in Q1, just 1 and 2 tenths from Pole respectively. They later secured 5th and 7th on the grid during Q2.
Michael Pieneman qualified for his first race aboard the FTS-P9 as he took 18th, while Heinz Vanderhoydonck took 23rd. Tom Aalders, meanwhile, just missed the grid by 0.016s, taking 27th.
Juan's race was compromised from lap one, when he was hit hard by a competitor, putting him down to 22nd. From there, he delivered a fantastic recovery drive, making it back to the top-ten in only a few laps. While he looked set for 7th, an unplanned pitstop due to a fuel shortage dropped him down to 10th place.
Tomas also picked up damage from contact with another car, but was fortunate not to lose many positions. Showing very solid pace, the young kart-driver took his maiden WS points with a strong 6th place finish.
Heinz had a tough race, as he had issues with an alternative steering wheel, after his usual one started to malfunction. Those problems didn't allow him to score points, as he finished in 19th place. Michael, meanwhile, nursed a heavily damaged car home in 21st position.
Faster Than Speed now heads to Spa-Francorchamps, favourite circuit of many of the team's drivers. While he will be unable to take part this year, Patrick De Wit took a WC podium for the team in Belgium as he finished 3rd in 2007. However, FTS will again target solid WC points while hoping for strong results in the WS divisions.
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-08-09 21:15:52