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Faster Than Speed - Italy: Race incidents hinder FTS’ weekend at Monza


With most team drivers affected by incidents, the Italian GP was a difficult challenge for Faster Than Speed. Chris de Jong and Giuseppe Marconi suffered another double retirement in the World Championship race.

Carlos Martín again had a tough World Trophy race, having to recover from the back of the field after an incident. Like a fortnight ago, he managed to rescue valuable championship points.

In the World Championship, team-mates Chris de Jong and Giuseppe Marconi qualified in 18th and 20th places respectively. Off the line, the extremely slow start by the Jasco Spain PSR duo caused a chain collision. Chris made a great start, but immediately had to take avoiding action as Cabo barely moved off his grid spot. Unfortunately, he just clipped Cabo’s rear left tyre, dislodging his front wing in the process. Giuseppe, meanwhile, had to slam the brakes to avoid running into his team-mate, but Peter Varga, who also had to avoid Rondon’s slow-starting car, was not able to react in time and ran into the back of Giuseppe’s FTS-P13, damaging both cars.

Just a couple of corners later, a collision involving several cars left the track blocked with cars stranded across the racing line. Unluckily, Chris was right behind and was unable to do anything to avoid running into Franz Schnyder. Chris returned to the pitlane for repairs, but the team decided to retire him a few laps later as the car was too damaged to continue.

Giuseppe, meanwhile, recovered well, running as high as 13th for several laps. On lap 38, however, a technical issue caused his car to go into neutral just before reaching Parabolica at high speed. The issue caused Giuseppe to lose control of his FTS-P13, hiting the barriers and removing the complete front left side of his car. Unfortunately, the incident caught Godek out, who was unable to avoid Giuseppe, with the pair making contact and ending their races prematurely.

In the World Series, Thomas Mundy had a very troublesome race. After showing very promising pace and running as high as 9th in the opening laps, a tyre blow-up heavily compromised his race on lap 15. After recovering from a lengthy pitstop and a drive-through penalty, Thomas was hoping to secure a few points. A brake failure, however, ended his race on lap 42.

In the World Trophy, Carlos Martín had another difficult race. After losing a few places in a minor off-track excursion in Parabolica during the opening lap, an incident at the first chicane on lap 2 heavily compromised his race, as Wendt made contact and spun Carlos around, dropping him to the back of the field and damaging his FTS-P13.

From there, Carlos fought hard to recover the lost ground, and while the high hopes for the race were over, he still managed to rescue some valuable championship points by finishing in 7th place. Carlos is now 3rd in the championship, trailing leader Mark Aalberts by 62 points and 13 points behind Ben Tusting. Danny Lubbers, meanwhile, missed out on the Pre-Qualifying cut.

The eleventh round of the 2013 season will be the Japanese GP. At the twisty Suzuka track, one of the drivers’ favourite circuits, Faster Than Speed has taken victory in WS Advanced in previous seasons. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@FTS_Racing) and Google+ for the latest news and live coverage from Japan!

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