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Roy returns to the podium at Spa!
Faster Than Speed - Belgium Report
Despite enduring a difficult World Championship
"Roy returns to podium!" afternoon, Faster Than Speed had reasons to celebrate as Roy Wachtmeester took his second podium finish in the World Series Advanced division, as he finished 3rd at Spa.
In WS Ace, Florian Pechon scored points despite an engine failure, while Tom Aalders took his first point in his WS Amateur race debut.
Florian Pechon had a difficult Qualifying session as he started towards the back after failing to set a laptime. Meanwhile, with Sergio Casalins and Agustin Canapino having to withdraw from the event at short notice, the team called reserve driver Christian Smirnoff in as last-minute replacement, with the tough task ahead of participating in the race without any prior testing at Spa-Francorchamps. Christian didn't take part in Qualifying.
A first-corner incident would highly compromise both drivers' races, as Florian had to pit for a new front wing following contact with another car, who then hit Christian's, causing heavy damage on the Rex2009eda and also the loss of his front wing. Both pitted for repairs at the end of the opening lap, with Christian's stop lasting 59 seconds after waiting in queue in the pitlane before being serviced, putting him almost two laps down on the leaders from the outset.
Both drivers rejoined the race, but were unable to recover the lost ground. Florian still drove a strong race to finish in 13th place on home soil, while Christian had to retire after being collided by Bono Huis, following a misunderstanding in a lapping situation.
World Series Ace
Florian Pechon was the team's only WS Ace challenger at Spa this weekend. After setting the 9th quickest laptime in Q1, and not clocking a time in Q2,
"Roy Wachtmeester (FTS-P9)" starting 10th as a consequence, he drove a strong race. In the final laps, he looked set for a 6th place finish. However, an engine failure ended his race two laps from home. Due to the high attrition rate, Florian was still classified in 8th position, 3-laps down on winner Poniatowski, but still scoring very valuable points.
World Series Pro
Starting the race from the back due to carrying a penalty from Hungary, Pablo Tassano had a difficult task ahead. However, he was making progress until unfortunately, an accident left his car too damaged to continue, obliging Pablo to retire from the race.
World Series Advanced
Roy Wachtmeester was 10th fastest in the Q1 session. Team-mate Sven Hesse was unable to set a laptime. During Q2, Roy had to abort his lap, after having a previous one harmed by traffic, which meant that he didn't set a time during the top-ten shootout session.
In the race, despite suffering slight rear bodywork damage after recieving contact from other cars, Roy drove a very strong race, which included an spectacular battle with Santiago Niza. Despite originally having planned to stop twice in the pits, the team decided to switch Roy to a one-stopper strategy, which worked as expected, as he climbed up to 4th as his rivals stopped twice. After gaining a position in the final lap, Roy finished in 3rd place, taking his second podium of the season, after the one taken in Shanghai.
Sven Hesse unfortunately had a very short race, as Simon Smith left him no room on the entry to Eau Rouge, the contact causing Sven to lose control of his FTS-P9, smashing the barriers and retiring on the opening lap.
World Series Amateur
Alberto De Juan, who returned to the WS Amateur division, was inmediately
"http://www.fts-racing.net" competitive as he set the 3rd quickest time in Q1, later securing 7th on the grid during Q2. Tomas Marino qualified in 11th position, while Heinz Vanderhoydonck was 13th fastest on his home GP. Michael Pieneman qualified in a solid 16th while his team-mate Tom Aalders entered his first FSR race as he was 25th.
Unfortunately, the team endured a very tough start to the race, with Alberto retiring after being collided, Michael suffering a software failure, and Tomas also having to abandon the race, all within the first 5 laps. Heinz and Tom drove solid races, the former taking part in a great battle with several cars.
Despite looking set for a top-ten finish, an unplanned pitstop plus technical problems dropped Heinz out of the points, as he was unable to complete the last lap, leaving him a lap down on 18th place and disappointed in what was his final race of the season. Tom, meanwhile, drove very well to complete his first ever FSR race and clinch the final point, as he finished in 14th place.
After the 3-week summer break, Faster Than Speed will be racing the European GP at Valencia. The team holds nice memories from the urban circuit as Florian Pechon took the WS Advanced race win on last year's inaugural Valencian weekend. FTS will be looking forward to leave the difficult WC race behind and return to the points, while battling again for WS podium spots.
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-08-21 00:12:02