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Strong qualifying efforts turn into a disappointing weekend
Faster Than Speed - Canada Report
Despite showing very quick pace in the World
"Unfulfilled promises at Montreal" Championship and the World Series Ace and Amateur divisions, Faster Than Speed had a disappointing weekend in Canada, as the solid Qualifying performances did not materialise into strong results.
Alberto De Juan took 9th in WS Advanced after starting from the pitlane, while Michael Pieneman scored in WS Amateur.
Agustin Canapino made his WC comeback, replacing Patrick De Wit, and delivered a fantastic Qualifying. In Q1, he was comfortably in with the 9th fastest time, while he repeated the same position to advance to the final session during Q2. With race fuel, he led the Q3 session for the initial minutes before securing a strong 7th on the grid.
Making his WC debut, as a reward for his solid performance in Suzuka, Sven Hesse advanced to Q2 on his maiden attempt, as he was 18th quickest. During Q2, he repeated the same position. Giuseppe Marconi, meanwhile, was unable to pass the first cut, and qualified 21st.
Agustin made a good start, inmediately showing his pace, as he quickly started putting pressure on former champion Hirrle and Keersmaekers. While he had a very good car to challenge for important points, it all ended sooner than expected, as he was unable to engage the clutch after running wide in the harpin and stalled his engine. Unfortunately, he won't have another chance until next year as he is unable to take part in the season finale due to his real racing commitments.
Sven, meanwhile, drove a very solid race, successfully coping with the pressure of the big jump to WC, and despite brake issues which compromised the final part of his race, he reached the checkered flag on his WC debut, finishing in 12th position. Unfortunately, the team still couldn't get a hold of Giuseppe's engine struggle, as he suffered yet another powerplant failure which
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World Series Ace
Agustin Canapino drove a great Q1 lap to set the 3rd fastest time and earn a place in the top-ten Pole shootout, where he confirmed his pace by securing 5th on the grid. Team-mate Martin Andrasi qualified 13th.
Agustin drove a strong race, returning to the top-5 after losing a couple of places at the start and showing quick pace throughout the first stint. Unfortunately, he was also too quick in the pitlane, which earned him a drive-through penalty. The setback did not stop Agustin, who pushed very hard and was recovering solidly, until an unfortunate error left him out of the race.
Martin, meanwhile, drove a good race until he was hit by brake failure, which left him with no chance to continue.
World Series Pro
After his great Suzuka performance, Sven Hesse was disappointed that an error on his fastest lap left him only 16th in Q1. The team was however, still very confident with his race pace, which unfortunately couldn't be shown, as an accident ended his race as early as lap 6.
World Series Advanced
Alberto De Juan keeps knocking on Q2's door, but unfortunately, he again missed out by the smallest of margins, as he was 11th fastest, less than half a tenth from entering the top-ten session. Qualifying wasn't of great importance for Alberto, however, as a penalty he was carrying over from Suzuka meant he had to start from the pitlane.
With the inmense handicap of starting half a minute after the rest of the field, Alberto had a tough race ahead. It didn't let him down, though, as he slowly and quietly made progress through the field with a heavy one-stop strategy, and climbed to the top-ten, where he finished in 9th position.
World Series Amateur
Juan Nicola was again very quick in Qualifying, as he secured 3rd on
"Alberto De Juan (FTS-P9)" the grid during the race-fuel Q2 after being 8th fastest in Q1. Michael Pieneman and Mindaugas Giedra qualified in 19th and 21st positions respectively.
Despite losing a position at the start, Juan drove a very solid first part of the race, running in 4th place and within 2 seconds of the lead. On lap 9, he had to take a different line as a competitor went off-track, and clipped a high kerb, which spun him around, dropping him to 11th. He quickly started recovering from that position and climbed back to 7th, before he had to retire after being hit by Jamie Rush.
While Mindaugas retired after hitting the barriers, Michael endured a difficult race, as he had to drive a full lap without his front wing before pitting early for repairs, after Cooper incredibly left his car rolling on the racing line while facing the opposite direction, following an incident with another car. Despite dropping to 22nd, Michael persevered, and got his prize, as he took the last point in 14th place.
Faster Than Speed will be now looking forward to the season finale in Interlagos. Last year, it was an incredible weekend for the team as Florian Pechon won while securing the double WS Advanced title for FTS. Other successful FTS memories at the Brazilian venue include Patrick De Wit's 2007 WC podium and Christian Smirnoff's WS Ace victory to close his 2006 championship-winning campaign. An exciting track, where Faster Than Speed will be hoping to finish the season on a high!
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-10-26 22:43:09