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FTS finishes the season scoring in all WS divisions
Faster Than Speed - Brazil Report
Faster Than Speed scored strong points all
"Points all across WS" across the World Series in the Interlagos season finale. In the World Championship, very promising performances ended with disappointing retirements.
Making his FTS debut, David Dominguez, together with Martin Andrasi (WC Ace), Sven Hesse (WS Pro), Alberto De Juan (WS Advanced), Juan Nicola and Tomas Marino (WS Amateur), all scored good points in Brazil.
Twister Racing's Mikko Puumalainen, on loan to FTS for the Brazilian round, inmediately showed his speed over the FTS-P9 as he set the 3rd fastest time in Q1. Meanwhile, Patrick De Wit set the 15th quickest time, while Giuseppe Marconi and Roy Wachtmeester, making his WC debut as a recognition for his 2009 performances, just missed the cut with the 19th and 20th laptimes respectively.
In Q2, Mikko was fastest, after driving a fantastic lap. It was also the first time this year that an FTS car topped a WC Qualifying session. Patrick qualified in a disappointing 17th.
During the race-fuel Q3, Mikko secured a very strong 5th on the grid.
The race start was, however, extremely frustrating. After a bad start, it quickly became evident that it wasn't going to be Mikko's day. Suffering from a timing glitch, Mikko's laps went unnoticed by the official timing, leaving him with no chance but to retire from the race. Both Mikko and the team were really disappointed, as we firmly believed he had the pace to battle for victory. Despite the issue, FTS thanks the recently crowned WS Ace champion for his fantastic performance and Twister Racing for allowing him to drive the FTS-P9!
Patrick made a good start as he climbed several positions in the opening laps with an agressive fuel load. However, his race went downhill after a spin dropped him back to the rear end of the field. A few laps later, he retired after suffering a big shunt in Mergulho corner. For the FTS NetRex guys, it was unfortunately also a double retirement. Giuseppe suffered an engine failure once again after running strongly, while Roy drove solidly on his WC debut, coping with the pressure without problems. Unfortunately, his race was ruined after colliding with Bekker's stricken
"http://www.fts-racing.net" car in the middle of the racing line.
A disappointing way to close an up-and-down WC season, with a very strong first half followed by a very unlucky final part of the year. FTS finished the championship in 7th position.
World Series Ace
Spaniard David Dominguez made his FTS and WS Ace debut in Interlagos. The WS Advanced race winner coped very well with the jump and just missed out on Q2, setting the 11th fastest time during Q1. Team-mate Martin Andrasi, meanwhile, qualified 14th.
In the race, David drove a very strong race, driving very consistantly despite the little preparation without driving aids. While initial traffic cost him some time, he finished his first WS Ace race in a solid 8th position. We thank Rice Racing for allowing David to drive the FTS-P9 in this race.
Martin, meanwhile, was recovering very well after having to pit for a new wing on the opening lap. Unfortunately, an engine failure ended his race early, but he was lucky to just complete 90% of the winner's laps. He was classified in 10th place, scoring points in the process.
World Series Pro
Sven Hesse qualified 8th after setting the 6th fastest time in Q1. He drove a solid race, defending himself very well in a multiple-car battle. Unfortunately, a long first pitstop put him at the back of the battling group, undoing all the good work he had done before. He still finished in the points in 11th position.
World Series Advanced
Roy Wachtmeester, making his comeback after a few absences, was 4th fastest in Q1, while team-mate Alberto De Juan made it through this time, with the 8th quickest laptime.
In Q2, with heavy fuel loads, Roy and Alberto secured 7th and 10th on the grid respectively.
While a couple of errors left Alberto disappointed with his result, as he believed he could have battled for a top-5 spot, he still scored valuable points for 8th place, his fourth point-scoring race in a row. Roy ran a strong race, which unfortunately ended as his car got stuck over one of the circuit's high curbs.
World Series Amateur
Tomas Marino, Juan Nicola, Michael Pieneman, Mindaugas Giedra and Tom Aalders set the
"Juan Nicola (FTS-P9)" 10th, 14th, 18th, 25th and 27th fastest times respectively during the Q1 session. While Tom unfortunately just missed out on the top-26 cut, Mindaugas was unable to take part in the start. Tomas, despite reaching a top-ten spot, did not lap during Q2, as a penalty he had to comply with meant he was starting from the pitlane anyway.
Despite the giant setback of starting from the pitlane, many seconds back on the rest of the field, Tomas drove a fantastic race, overtaking several cars and showing very strong pace on his way to 12th position. His outstanding pace was specially shown on lap 25, when he set a lap which would remain as the fastest one of the race, a maiden achievement for Tomas in FSR.
Juan, despite damaging his car against one of the leaders who was turned around in the first corner, made very good progress throughout the race, inmediately reaching the top-ten before climbing further positions. He finished the race in 7th place. Michael had a great start, climbing up to 5th place, but had his race compromised after being hit. He eventually finished outside the points in 17th position.
Bring on 2010!
With the season over, we want to take this opportunity to send our congratulations to this year's champions: Roy Kolbe, Mikko Puumalainen, Dimitri De Matos, Borna Spoljaric, Muhammed Patel and the winning teams, Twister Racing, Ash Racing and Torrent Motorsports.
Faster Than Speed is now already at work thinking in the next challenge, the 2010 season! The team will be busy preparing itself for a successful season, as Faster Than Speed celebrates its 10 years of FSR racing! Don't miss the celebrations!
Stay tuned for news and announcements about our preparations, our driver lineups for the new year, and of course, our FTS-P10 challenger!
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Article by: Christian Smirnoff, 2009-11-13 21:36:28