Faster Than Speed 2010 Launch: FTS unveils the FTS-P10, reveals driver lineups to kick off its 10th FSR campaign!
FTS 2010 Launch
Faster Than Speed is very proud to present
"FTS 2010 Launch!"
its 2010 Formula SimRacing launch, celebrating the team's 10th FSR campaign! FTS wishes to unveil the new FTS-P10 challenger, while revealing the driver lineups for the season!
On March 4th, 2001, FTS was one of the teams taking part in the inaugural FSR WC race, the only one still active today. Today, FTS is ready to start its 10th season, with the same spirit as the first day!
The Launch Video!
We are very happy to present our spectacular launch videoclip of the FTS-P10, prepared by Gabriel Montanes and Christian Smirnoff. The video also goes through Faster Than Speed's history from the early GP3 days to the present. Please don't miss it! You can watch the video here:
The FTS-P10, our latest panther beast, designed by Christian Smirnoff based on Ernesto De Angelis' amazing work, features the usual striking agressive FTS look, continuing the tradition of presenting one of the most spectacular designs of the Formula SimRacing field.
Exclusive shots of our FTS-P10 contender can be found here.
Faster Than Speed has the pleasure of announcing that Agustin Canapino will drive its #11 World Championship car. The young driver from Arrecifes, Argentina, made his WC debut with FTS last year. Agustin will be carrying the same number that he has on his real Turismo Carretera racing car, in the highest racing division in Argentina. In 2009, the Argentinian press chose him as 'revelation of the year' as he entered the championship-deciding Copa de Oro (Golden Cup) in his rookie season.
While Agustin is doing great in both Turismo Carretera and Top Race V6, he started his career in simracing, rather than karting. After convincing his dad, one of the most famous chassists in the country, of trying a real car against his wish, nobody could ever stop him again. Despite his success on the real tracks, he
had the dream of being an FSR WC driver since his simracing days, and FTS is glad to give him that chance!
His team mate will be Patrick De Wit, who signs for his third season with the team. Despite a difficult 2009, Patrick is ready to close that chapter and look forward to a competitive season, showing what he can do and why not, return to the top step, adding to the team's maiden WC victory he achieved in the 2007 Turkish GP.
Agustin Canapino (#11):"I'm really confident about having a great season, where the objective will be trying to fight for a spot among the best drivers in FSR. There's a great team behind and an excellent team mate, from whom I'm sure I'll learn a lot. The desire and commitment are there, I'm going to do my best on track to be competitive like FTS deserves, while trying to improve and learn race after race."
Patrick De Wit (#12):"First of all, I want to thank Christian Smirnoff for this great opportunity. This will be my third season with the team, after driving for FTS in 2007 and 2009. I feel very relaxed in this team, it's the most friendly atmosphere I've ever been in. I am really proud to be a member of this team. I hope I can give some good results back! I will never forget my and the team's first WC victory. It was really deserved after the team's hard work.
My expectations for 2010 are a little tempered after 2009, because I always struggled with the 2009 car, nothing I changed on it worked. But in pre-season testing this year, the feeling is much better. I'm sure the frontrunners will still be frontrunners, but I hope to have closed the gap a little. I will try to be a regular points scorer and hopefully return to the podium. Last year, in Melbourne I finished 2nd starting from 13th, so anything is possible."
Giuseppe Marconi, in his fourth season in FTS, will be the team's official third driver, ready to substitute Agustin or Patrick if necessary. He will be also racing in the World Series division. Giuseppe's experience and hard work will be as usual of the team's biggest assets. Next to him in WS will be Dani Falco, who makes his return to the team and FSR.
Giuseppe Marconi (#52):"2010 will be my 9th season in FSR. I'll be racing in WS, where I won my only title in the Ace division in 2003. I'm confident that I can do well in this category and I'll be ready
for WC every time we need to substitute our regular drivers. I want to wish a good season to all my team mates, specially to Patrick and Agustin in his first WC season. Thanks to Christian for his effort."
In the new World Trophy division, FTS will feature Heinz Vanderhoydonck, Sven Hesse and Tom Aalders, plus Ralf Gauss, from Germany, who will be making FTS debut.
Christian Smirnoff (Team Manager):"The team launch is a big moment for the team, and this year, starting our 10th FSR campaign makes it even more special. I'm proud of the driver lineup we have. Agustin, not only is a great driver both in real and sim cars, but he also has more passion for simracing than many who will never sit on a real racing car in their lives. He worked really hard to have this chance and I'm sure he will make the best of it. And I fully trust that Patrick will be able to leave difficulties of the past behind and show what I know he is capable of. And we also have a strong lineup in WS and WT. Everyone in the team is working together to have a great season, and I'm very happy with the team spirit and atmosphere. A big thanks to all FTS drivers for their efforts!"
The Historic Driver's Index
Another surprize to celebrate our 10 years of FSR racing! We now have a new section in our website, where you can find an alphabetical list of drivers that have raced for FTS since the team's beginnings with their statistics! You can check it out here.
Become a fan of Faster Than Speed on Facebook right now! And from today, you can also stay up to date with the team on Twitter! The 2010 season kicks off today in Bahrain, so... ready.... set... GO!