With planning for the 2014 season starting early in 2013, it was a season of changes for Faster Than Speed. Moving to the new rFactor 2 simulation, months of hard work went into our exciting new driver lineup, with a mix of young talents and experience, and internal improvements on our work methods and communication.
FTS unveiled the stunning FTS-P14 while presenting its spectacular new website, featuring dynamic content, a modern new look and a quick and interactive experience, whether browsing from your computer or your mobile device.
If you missed it before, enjoy our 1080p launch videoclip of the FTS-P14:
While everyone at Faster Than Speed was confident going into the new season, nobody could imagine how the first day of the season would turn out. Norbert Leitner, on his FTS debut, led the FSR Ace sprint race at Bahrain from start to finish, handling the pressure and the tyres to make the FTS-P14 a race winner on the first day of the season! The team had barely taken the wraps off its new car and it was already on the top step of podium, enjoying Faster Than Speed's first victory since the 2009 season! Marcel van der Linden added to the team's joy with a 6th place finish on his FTS debut in the World Championship the following day.
You can watch Norbert Leitner's Ace sprint race win at Sakhir here:
Norbert's wouldn't be the team's only chance to spray champagne at the top step of the podium. Mikko Suokas had a fantastic year in the FSR Pro division, on his first season with the team. After taking his first podium of the season in Canada, Mikko took Pole Position in Great Britain, and later drove a perfect race, nursing a flat-spotted tyre home ahead of a fast-charging Klop to take his maiden FSR victory!
In Australia, Mikko delivered another masterful drive to come up on top of a thrilling four-way battle for victory between Kweekel, Schgor, Brzezinski and himself to win his second race of the season! After a hard-fought race, a final-lap pass on Kweekel sealed the deal!
It was a great year from our flying Finn, scoring 2 race wins and 5 podium finishes, including an incredible one from the back of the field at Indianapolis, to end the season as championship runner-up! The team also ended 3rd on the team standings, securing the team's first top-3 championship positions since the double WS Advanced titles of 2008.
You can watch Mikko Suokas' Pro race wins at Silverstone and Melbourne here:
Scoring 3 race victories after a few seasons, plus several podium finishes, 2014 will be one to remember for Faster Than Speed. Unfortunately, despite its great start in the FSR World Championship, which seemingly upset many who did not expect FTS to mix it up with the established top WC teams, it was a difficult season in FSR's top division. External factors were key as the team was not able to exploit its potential.
For 2015, the team will aim to have a much better season in the FSR World Championship, while continuing its hard work to keep fighting at the very top of the FSR Ace and Pro divisions. Stay tuned for news and announcements on our 2015 campaign and the FTS-P15 challenger, and get ready for the celebrations as Faster Than Speed contests its 15th FSR season! Bring on 2015!