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Report: Race 2 Brno

Start for race 2 in Brno

Ingo Gerstl secured his fourth BOSS GP OPEN title in the third last race of the season; the driver of the race was again Marc Faggionato.

The highlight of the Masaryk Racing Days in Brno was scheduled for Sunday at noon. The engines howled on time and Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) and Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom Racing) started from the front row at the flying start. Throughout the race Gerstl, Stratford and Wolfgang Jaksch (DEU, F Xtreme Racing) remained within sight. But Gerstl’s tenth victory of the season was never in danger. The Toro Rosso pilot thus also fixed the third championship in three years, Gerstl won today for the fifth time a BOSS GP title after 2008, 2011 (FORMULA), 2016 and 2017.

A word about the overall podium could perhaps have been said by the man of the race: Marc Faggionato (MCO, ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service) had, as yesterday, the difficult task of starting from the rear. A clutch problem prevented the start in qualifying, so he was positioned at the back of the grid. From there, he already took 8th place on the first lap and then 4th overall in the middle of the race. With lap times faster than Stratford and Jaksch he caught up tenths by tenths like yesterday but catching up was no longer possible at this point. Nevertheless, Faggionato managed to win for the second time at the second start of the year.

OPEN podium f.l. Stratford, Gerstl and Jaksch

OPEN podium f.l. Stratford, Gerstl and Jaksch

FORMULA podium f.l. Göllner, Faggionato and Schnitzenbaumer

FORMULA podium f.l. Göllner, Faggionato and Schnitzenbaumer

 

Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center) was also very pleased with his podium finish. After the Assen double, Göllner stood on the podium for the third time this year. Championship leader Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) was also allowed to take part in the award ceremony and thus extended his lead to Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing), who finished fourth in the FORMULA. Fiedler is 38 points behind Schnitzenbaumer before the final in Spielberg (21-23 September 2018); 25 points are given for a victory in the BOSS GP.

Nicolas Matile (MCO, ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service) drove in the only Auto GP bolide without any problems to class rank 5. As already in race 1 Walter Steding (DEU, Inter Europol), Thomas Jakoubek (AUT, Top Speed) and Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed Center) fought a tough fight in the midfield. Steding was able to hold his own against Jakoubek in the very last corner and finished sixth in the FORMULA.

H&A Racing had to complain of a double loss: Veronika Cicha (CZE) could not finish her home race either, nor Bernd Herndlhofer (AUT), who at times was on a podium course.

MM International with the drivers Salvatore De Plano and Armando Mangini (both ITA) did not start. One of their mechanics was seriously injured the day before. On behalf of the BOSS GP organisation and all teams and drivers we wish him and his relatives the very best for his recovery.

Get well soon!

 

Pictures: Michael Jurtin/BOSS GP

Report: Race 1 Brno

Start Race 1 Brno

The most exciting race of the season did not leave anyone cold: Dominator Ingo Gerstl had to push, and Marc Faggionato drove the race of his life.

The BOSS GP’s brute sound attracted numerous spectators to the Automotodrom in Brno – and nobody regretted it. Exciting position fights wherever you looked. A little bit of touching and wheelbanging were the spice in this afternoon’s program.

That the victory would lead over Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) was less surprising. The fans liked the fact that the man from Salzburg had to fight his way through the field again after a pit stop and challenged Gerstl more than expected. Although no new lap record was set, with 1:37.751 Gerstl in the Toro Rosso STR1, however, set a speedy time and won in the end sovereign.

Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom Racing) took the lead for four laps, in the end it was only enough to finish in 2nd place. The Benetton driver had to save his tyres on the front axle, Wolfgang Jaksch (DEU, F Xtreme Racing) caught up Stratford in big steps towards the end. The Super Aguri of Jaksch crossed the finish line just a few metres behind Stratford.

Start Race 1 Brno

 

The man of the race comes from the FORMULA class: Marc Faggionato (MCO, ZIG-ZAG Motorsport) could not participate in qualifying with a clutch problem. Only the good practice times helped him to get permission to start in the race. In the first race Faggionato roared furiously from 15th on the grid to 4th on the grid. This meant not only overtaking eleven opponents, but also the victory in the FORMULA class for GP2, Auto GP and similar vehicles.

But it was a tough fight for Faggionato, especially when it comes to the fight for podium and the victory. The positions changed several times, Bernd Herndlhofer (AUT, H&A Racing) in the first race with his own car in the 2018 season could defend himself the longest and led the class at the beginning of the race. Also pole setter Salvatore De Plano (ITA, MM International) countered once. In lap 8, however, Faggionato grabbed both opponents for victory and drove away the pack.

The group behind was led by Armando Mangini (ITA, MM International). He also showed an outstanding performance from 13th position on the grid. Even if Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) had speculated on a podium place, rank 5 in the FORMULA meant the extension of the lead in the points standings to Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing). Fiedler finished sixth, ahead of Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center), who was able to assert himself against an aggressive Nicolas Matile (MCO, ZIG-ZAG Motorsport) in the only Lola Zytec Auto GP.

The 15 drivers did not give away a single meter in the 20-minute race. They also fought for 9th place in the FORMULA until the finish line, as if it were a question of victory. Walter Steding (9th), Thomas Jakoubek (10th), Christian Eicke (11th) and local hero Veronika Cicha (12th) took part in this sensational fight.

Tomorrow, Sunday, a decision can already be made in the championship, both for Ingo Gerstl in the OPEN and for team mate Florian Schnitzenbaumer (both Top Speed) in the FORMULA. The pit lane for race 2 opens at 12:15 local time.

 

Quotes after the race:

Ingo Gerstl (1st place OPEN): “Good for the fans, if they like what we do. The show was great, that’s what we need.”

Marc Faggionato (1st place FORMULA): “That was really good. Sometimes it was pretty close with the others. It’s nice that in the end I could drive faster than the two OPEN cars in front of me. But from the very back I just can’t do more. Tomorrow I have to start from the back again. I hope it works that way again.”

Phil Stratford (2nd place OPEN): “I would have had to lead six more laps, then I would have won. (laughs) In the end, I divided up the pace to stay ahead of Wolfgang.”

Bernd Herndlhofer (2nd place FORMULA): “Good race and good result, but I still can’t manage the car as I want. The set-up of the car is not good enough, I’m sure I can still improve”.

 

Pictures: Michael Jurtin/BOSS GP

Report: Qualifying Brno

Ingo Gerstl (Toro Rosso STR1)

Ingo Gerstl heats up to the unofficial lap record in the Automotodrom with over 200 km/h average speed. Salvatore De Plano was the fastest FORMULA pilot on his return to BOSS GP.

Sixth qualifying, sixth pole position: Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) is on his way to the next championship title. The fact that he doesn’t slow down despite his dominance is proven by the qualifying best time of 1:35.155 min. Since the engagement of tyre supplier Pirelli the lap records have tumbled, but a possible new track record (1:36.065; Ingo Gerstl last year) only counts during the race.

In addition to Gerstl, Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom Racing) will start the 20-minute first race from the front row this afternoon (starting time: 14:50 local time) in the 1997 Benetton. Wolfgang Jaksch (DEU, F Xtreme Racing) in the Super Aguri had to start in Q2 once again, but still managed a strong time despite traffic. In the race a duel for 2nd place with Stratford is quite possible.

Salvatore De Plano (MM International)

Salvatore De Plano (MM International)

 

Salvatore De Plano (ITA, MM International) makes his racing comeback after a five-month break and has lost nothing of his speed. The fast Italian with a time of 1:45.751 is only three tenths behind the slowest OPEN car. Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) is the leader of the FORMULA standings. Schnitzenbaumer qualified ahead of his fiercest competitor for the title Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing). Bernd Herndlhofer (AUT, H&A Racing) is a former BOSS GP champion De Plano and the two Germans. A thrilling four-fold fight for the podium places in the FORMULA is to be expected for the races.

Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing)

Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing)

 

The two Speed Center drivers Christian Eicke and Peter Göllner will follow in positions 8 and 9. Local Veronika Cicha made it into the Top Ten. Nicolas Matile (MCO, ZIG-ZAG) finished behind her. Like his team mate Marc Faggionato (no time in qualifying due to clutch damage), he also participates in a BOSS GP weekend for the first time this year.

Nicolas Matile (ZIG-ZAG)

Nicolas Matile (ZIG-ZAG) and Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing)

 

The fast and technically demanding track in the Czech Republic claimed its victims in qualifying, with Armando Mangini, Walter Steding, Nicolas Matile and others spinning. However, all drivers were able to continue the qualifying without damage.

 

Pictures: Michael Jurtin/BOSS GP

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Timetable: BOSS GP at Masaryk Racing Days

Friday, September 7, 2018

11:35–12:05: Free Practice 1
16:00–16:25: Free Practice 2

Saturday, September 8,2018

10:00–10:30: Qualifying
14:50–15:25: Race 1 (distance: 20 minutes)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

12:15–12:50: Race 2 (distance: 20 minutes)

Full racing line-up: BOSS GP in Brno

Fastest woman in BOSS GP

At the Masaryk Racing Days almost everything that has wheels is on the track. The main event in the Czech Republic are the Big Open Single Seaters.

With a track length of 5.403 kilometres, Brno is the longest challenge in the BOSS GP 2018 racing calendar. The track is most famous for the MotoGP Grand Prix every year, nevertheless the track is also popular for drivers in Monoposti. On the one hand, it offers many smooth and fast corners that alternate with a technically demanding part, and on the other it is one of the safest race tracks on the calendar. Engine power is also important at the penultimate stop of the BOSS GP 2018, as the Czech roller coaster (9 right and 6 left turns) climbs steeply in the last third of the track.

Salvatore De Plano is back on track

Salvatore De Plano is back on the track in Brno

 

The fastest boys and girls
Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) holds the lap record on the largest Czech racetrack. The Austrian and three-time BOSS GP champion drove round the track last year in only 1:36.065 min, faster than any other driver in the 30 years since the opening of the circuit. Gerstl (Toro Rosso STR1, 3 litres, 10-cylinder Cosworth) could already secure his third consecutive OPEN title in Brno: If he scores four points more than his opponent Phil Stratford (Penn Elcom Racing), he will already be champion before the final in Spielberg (21-23 September 2018). The US-American Stratford delivers consistently good performances this year and makes hardly any mistakes. The technique of his Benetton B197 (4 litres, 10-cylinder Judd) works better and better, which increases the driving pleasure and extends the driving time.

As third starter in the faster OPEN class Wolfgang Jaksch drives a Super Aguri SA06 (3 litres, 10-cylinder Cosworth). The German with Swiss license was the only one who could win a race this year except Gerstl. However, several retirements in the championship threw him far back, good individual placings are now the goal.

In the FORMULA class all eyes are on Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing). The Czech racer is currently the only woman in the BOSS GP and most recently took her first podium in Assen. The former hill climb racer has been driving in the BOSS GP since 2015, and many guests will support the Czech at her home race.

The FORMULA is also about the championship and a possible preliminary decision. 34 points separate leader Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) from rival Andreas Fielder (Fiedler Racing). Both had a DNF at the last event in the Netherlands. Everything is still undecided, 25 points are awarded for a victory, four races are still on the calendar.

You should also keep an eye out for the comeback of Salvatore De Plano (MM International). In the first race of the season he injured himself in an accident in the fight for victory. After a long-forced break, the fast Italian is back in the race car. Marc Faggionato and Nicolas Matile (both ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service) are also back after a long BOSS GP break. Matile starts with a Lola-Zytec from the Auto GP, making him the only non-GP2 pilot.

Masaryk Racing Days in Brno 2017.

Brno has produced many good BOSS GP races throughout the last years

 

Masaryk Racing Days: Quite busy
The race days in September are the second largest circuit racing event in the Czech Republic after the Motorcycle Grand Prix. In addition to the headliner BOSS GP, other racing series will run from Thursday to Sunday: FIA Central Europe Zone for sports cars, touring cars and formula cars, ESET V4 Cup with TCR, Suzuki Swift Cup Europe, Chevrolet Cruze Eurocup, Renault Twingo Cup and various historic racing classes (HAIGO).

The weekend ticket costs 300 Czech crowns (=13 Euro), at the entrances to the race track there are ticket counters. Children under 14 and seniors over 67 have free entry. The BOSS GP cars are in the pits between 2-11, Andreas Fiedler is placed behind them in the paddock.

 

Timetable: BOSS GP at Masaryk Racing Days

Friday, September 7, 2018

11:35–12:05: Free Practice 1
16:00–16:25: Free Practice 2

Saturday, September 8,2018

10:00–10:30: Qualifying
14:50–15:25: Race 1 (distance: 20 minutes)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

12:15–12:50: Race 2 (distance: 20 minutes)

 

Participants: BOSS GP

The OPEN class is for type Formula 1 car built from 1997, Champ Car and IndyCar built from 1997. Engine is free; numbers from 1 to 99.

Starting No.
Name Team Nat. Car
1 Ingo Gerstl Top Speed AUT Toro Rosso STR1
7 Phil Stratford Penn Elcom Racing USA Benetton B197
26 Wolfgang Jaksch F Xtreme Racing Team DEU Super Aguri SA06

 

FORMULA is open to GP2/Formula 2, GP3 (13/16), Auto GP, A1GP, Formula Acceleration 1, Superleague Formula, World Series by Renault, World Series by Nissan, F3000 cars build from 2002. Only the original engine is allowed, organisation committee can make an exception in the classification of a car according to the performance data of the car; Numbers from 100 to 999.

Starting No.
Name Team Nat. Car
100 Thomas Jakoubek Top Speed AUT Dallara GP2
101 Peter Göllner Speed Center SUI Dallara GP2
116 Nicolas Matile ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service MCO Lola Auto GP
129 Marc Faggionato ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service MCO Dallara GP2
221 Bernd Herndlhofer H&A Racing AUT Dallara GP2
222 Veronika Cicha H&A Racing CZE Dallara GP2
321 Andreas Fiedler Fiedler Racing DEU Dallara GP2
323 Armando Mangini MM International ITA Dallara GP2
505 Walter Steding Inter Europol Competition DEU Dallara GP2
555 Christian Eicke Speed Center SUI Dallara GP2
888 Florian Schnitzenbaumer Top Speed DEU Dallara GP2
999 Salvatore De Plano MM International ITA Dallara GP2

 

Photos: Michael Kavena/BOSS GP

OPEN class: Gerstl setting up a new track record in Brno

Fastest man on track in Brno, Ingo Gerstl (r.), and fastest women on the track, Veronika Cicha (l.).

In his own league current leader of the BOSS GP OPEN class, Ingo Gerstl, raced at season race 12 at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno on Sunday afternoon. The Austrian started from Pole Position onto the track, and finished on P1, setting up a new record on Brno Circuit.

Setting up the new track record was Gerstls goal for the race, since Saturday’s P2 Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing Team) as well as third OPEN class starter of this race weekend, Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing Team), had to cancel the race due to technical problems.

So actually Gerstl went on the track without any OPEN class competitors, nevertheless showing an impressive start-finish-victory in front of the whole start grid. “It would have felt much better with Herndlhofer and Jaksch on the track”, Gerstl, who loves the competition, explained after the podium ceremony. “But finally I’m satisfied with the race. I’m very happy with the new track result.”

In lap 11 the Austrian raced super fast in 1:36,065, crashing his old track record of 1:39,093 for more than 3 seconds. “Despite without any other OPEN class driver, but with real good weather conditions, I thought: now or never”, Gerstl happily summed up his new record after the race.

The reigning Champion is now looking forward to the season final in Italy in the end of September: “I can’t wait for racing the track in Imola”, he told us. Season races 13 and 14 in Italy will take place on 30th September and 1st October 2017.

 

Result of race 2 in Brno 2017, OPEN class.

Result of race 2 in Brno 2017, OPEN class.

 

In total Ingo Gerstl furthermore leads the total OPEN class ranking with now 175 points, in front of runner up Wolfgang Jaksch with 107 points.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Brno 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/brno-masaryk-racing-days-2/

Timetable for Brno 2017: bossgp.com/timetable-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz/

OPEN class: First race in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-austrian-festival-in-brno/

OPEN class: Qualifying in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-after-qualifying-gerstl-on-pole-position-followed-by-jaksch/

OPEN class: Second free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-leading-again-jaksch-back-on-track-in-brno/

OPEN class: First free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-performes-best-at-first-free-practice-in-brno/

OPEN class: Start list at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-start-list-for-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz-is-set/

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10/09/2017

FORMULA class: Clear win for Ledermair, strong catch-up by De Plano in season race 12

Runner up at season race 12 in Brno 2017: Salvatore De Plano.

Driving in a kind of his own class, Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) showed a great performance and victory at season race 12 on Sunday at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno. But also Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) showed a great race, catching up P2 at the final stage of the race. But not only in front of the race the spectators at the Brno Circuit saw great performances. Also the further start grid showed exciting battles with only very narrow gaps. 

Johann Ledermair lead the FORMULA field of the start grid with a significant gap in front of his chasers, i.e. 17,650 sec in front of second ranked Salvatore De Plano at the finish line. “The start went very well, as well as the following laps”, Ledermair summed up the race. “We found the best set up for the car for the track in Brno, so the car ran great. I’m really happy with the performance, it was a fast race for me today”, the Austrian explained after the podium ceremony, being satisfied with the race weekend at the “Masaryk Racing Days” and his P1 in season race 11 on Saturday as in season race 12 on Sunday. Ledermair crossed the finish line with a total time of 25:51,879 min, driving his fastest lap in 1:44,940. The Austrian improved his lap record from Saturday’s race significantly (1:45,709).

 

De Plano on track in Brno 2017 during season race 12.

De Plano on track in Brno 2017 during season race 12.

 

Ledermair was followed by runner up Salvatore De Plano, who had started from position 6 of the start grid and gained a couple of positions during the race. In lap 11 De Plano attacked Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) and Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) and stepped up to position 2 of the FORMULA class, position 3 of the total start grid and finished the race with a total time of 26:09,529. The Italian drove his fastest lap in lap 2 with 1:47,467. And he was really happy with his race: “It was exciting. Attacking shortly before the finish was not that easy, but it worked out and I could gain two positions. So I’m very happy with the result and finishing on P2”, De Plano was very satisfied.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer completed the podium, due to a 30 second penalty for Mahaveer Raghunathan for not respecting the track limits. The German had shown a strong performance, racing in a close group with Raghunathan and De Plano during the whole race. After the penalty the Indian finally was ranked on position 10 of the FORMULA grid, while Schnitzenbaumer stepped on for one position, crossing the finishing line with a total time of 26:11,634.

 

Florian Schnitzenbaumer on track in Brno 2017 during season race 12.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer on track in Brno 2017 during season race 12.

 

The following start grid showed exciting battles as well. With just close gaps between each other, Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport), Peter Göllner (Speed Center), Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Christian Eicke (Speed Center) and local hero Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing).

Very unlucky after the race was Andreas Fiedler (H&A Racing Team), who dropped out of the race already during the second lap, due to technical problems. Henk De Boer (De Boer Manx) didn’t participate in Sunday’s race because having technical issues as well.

Complete result of race 2 at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017:

Result of race 2 at Brno 2017.

Result of race 2 at Brno 2017.

 

With this race result, Ledermair is back on top of the FORMULA class ranking in total (247 points in total), followed by De Plano (243) and Raghunathan (241). The top trios distances the following drivers with a significant gap: Fourth ranked Armando Mangini has a total of 103 points, Florian Schnitzenbaumer (5.) has now 110 points.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Brno 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/brno-masaryk-racing-days-2/

Timetable Brno 2017: bossgp.com/timetable-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz/

FORMULA class: Race 1 in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-ledermair-with-8th-win-of-the-season/

FORMULA class: Qualifying Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-ledermair-is-fastest-at-qualifying/

FORMULA class: Second free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-early-finish-for-ledermair-and-fiedler-de-plano-showing-speed-at-second-free-practice/

FORMULA class: First free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-raghunathan-shows-fastest-lap-during-first-free-practice/

FORMULA class: Start list at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz-is-set/

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

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10/09/2017

OPEN class: Austrian festival in Brno

OPEN class podium at race 1 in Brno 2017.

It was a well known picture: Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) starting from pole position at race 1 (season race 11) at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno (Czechia). Finally the raced turned out as an “Austrian Festival”, since the top positions all were hunted by the Austrians of the start grid. 

While weather conditions turned out well for the race again as during Qualifying, bit cloudy and 23°, technical issues caused struggles for a couple of drivers. Finally the OPEN class race was an Austrian duell between Ingo Gerstl and Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing Team), while Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing Team) dropped out of the race in already in lap 1 due to technical issues (broken differential).

Two yellow flag phases as well as a safety car lap slowed down the pace of the race, which was clearly dominated by Ingo Gerstl in front of the start grid. The Austrian left no doubt, that he would bring home the sixt win in his seventh season race. He crossed the finish line with a total time of 20:43,264 min, driving his best lap in 1:39,778 min (lap 3). After a couple of super fast laps during practice and Qualifying (1:34,752) Gerstl passed the official track record in Brno only by 0,685 sec. But there are chances for a new track record in Sunday with hopefully less yellow flag and safety car laps.

“It was a troubled race, due to the yellow flags and saftey car laps”, the Top Speed driver stated after the podium ceremony. “I missed Wolfgang Jaksch on track. It’s always much more fun to race with a strong competition on track”, he regret the elemination of the Super Aguri SA06-driver in the beginning of the race. “It would have been a nice grid with Bernd Herndlhofer with his Arrows A22 and Jaksch with the Super Aguri.” For Sunday’s race Gerstl is hoping for “dry weather conditions” and the return of Jaksch in the start grid. The goal for race 2 in Brno is “pushing, pushing, pushing!”.

 

Ingo Gerstl leading the grid on race 1 in Brno 2017.

Ingo Gerstl leading the grid on race 1 in Brno 2017.

 

Bernd Herndlhofer showed a strong performance at his first ever season 2017 race for the BOSS GP. Starting from position 4 of the total start grid he crossed the finish line on position 2 of the total grid after 20:59,421 min, driving his best lap with 1:44,983 min (lap3). “On the whole, the race turned out okay”, Herndlhofer stated after the finish. “Since the beginning of the season, the first season race in Hockenheim, we work on the car.  So there is still a lot of work to do honestly, but for today’s race one can see – it was okay for now. Our main focus laid on keeping the car on track for the whole race, less the tactical or personal skills.”

 

Bernd Herndlhofer racing to P2 at race 1 in Brno 2017.

Bernd Herndlhofer (in front) racing to P2 at race 1 in Brno 2017.

 

Finishing on P2, Herndlhofer completed a strong Austrian presence of BOSS GP at the “Masaryk Racing Days”, since the first three top positions of the total start grid were covered by Austrian races: Ingo Gerstl on P1, Herndlhofer with P2 and Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport, FORMULA class) on P3 of the total grid.

 

Dropped out of the race: Wolfgang Jaksch with his Super Aguri S06 in Brno 2017.

Dropped out of the race: Wolfgang Jaksch (in front) with his Super Aguri S06 in Brno 2017.

 

The complete results of the Qualifying at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Total time Fastest lap (min) In Gap Laps km/h
1 1 Ingo Gerstl AUT Top Speed Toro Rosso STR1 F1  20:43,264 1:39,778 3 11 194,941
2 21 Bernd Herndlhofer AUT H&A Racing Team Arrows A22 29:59,421 1:44,983 3 16,157 11 185,276
3 26 Wolfgang Jaksch GER F Xtreme Racing Team Super Aguri SA06 F1 2:40,351 2:39,831 1 1 121,704

 

In total Ingo Gerstl furthermore leads the total OPEN class ranking with now 150 points, in front of runner up Wolfgang Jaksch with 107 points. Herndlhofer makes a new entrance in the ranking on position 6 with 22 points.

 

Results race 1 Brno 2017, OPEN class.

Results race 1 Brno 2017, OPEN class.

 

MORE:

Picture gallery of Brno 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/brno-masaryk-racing-days-2/

Timetable for Brno 2017: bossgp.com/timetable-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz/

OPEN class: Qualifying in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-after-qualifying-gerstl-on-pole-position-followed-by-jaksch/

OPEN class: Second free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-leading-again-jaksch-back-on-track-in-brno/

OPEN class: First free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-performes-best-at-first-free-practice-in-brno/

OPEN class: Start list at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-start-list-for-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz-is-set/

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

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09/09/2017

FORMULA class: Ledermair with 8th win of the season

Podium race 1 in Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

Well, it was an interesting race for the BOSS GP crews at the heart of Czechian motorsport in Brno on saturday afternoon. Seven out of 12 drivers finished the race properly. Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) made it to the top of the podium, followed by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) and Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport). 

Already before the start, Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) dropped out of the grid during the warm up lap due to technical issues. So finally a start grid of 14 drivers in total, eleven FORMULA cars, went on the track.

“It was a good start. I managed to stay close to the OPEN class cars, that worked out well”, race winner Johann Ledermair summed up. It was an impressive start for runner up Salvatore De Plano as well, who overtook a couple of cars and made it to position 4 of the total grid (incl. OPEN class) during the first two laps, what means position 2 of the FORMULA grid.

After a spun off the track by Peter Göllner (Speed Center) in lap 6, the safety car had to turn on the track and slowed the grid down for two laps. “That phase seemed a bit like loosing the thread of the race, taking the tension of the race”, Ledermair explained after the race. Goal of the young Austrian was, to attack the OPEN class cars in front of him. But due to another yellow flag phase after a further spin off the track by Göllner his plan didn’t work out as planned, Ledermair admitted. So at the end the Austrian crossed the finishing line on position 3 after 20:59,913 min of the overall grid and as first FORMULA driver of the grid, what meant P1 of his class. At the same time P3 of the overall start grid by Ledermair meant completion of “Austrian festival” in Brno, since the three top positions all were held by Austrian drivers (P1: Ingo Gerstl, P2: Bernd Herndlhofer (both OPEN class)). Ledermair performed his bis lap with 1:45,709 (lap 2).

The Austrian was satisfied with the result of the race: “It was a clear win of the FORMULA class for me, so me and my team are happy with that.” Looking ahead, Ledermair is thinking about the setup of his Dallara GP2: “We continuously work on the setup of the car since the first race of the season. Working with new tyres is a totally new experience for us, so we have to test and improve a lot of things each race. During today’s race we learned some new issues again, so we are not satisfied with the setup by 100% by now and will work on the setup until tomorrow’s race again”, Ledermair gave an insight for the rest of the day of Team Ledermair.

Meanwhile Salvatore De Plano gave a wide smile after crossing the finish line on P2 of the FORMULA class with a total time of 21:15,262 (best lap: 1:48,308 in lap 3). “Fantastico, fantastico!”, the Italian cheered. As a matter of fact the driver of team MM International Intersport made a huge jump from start position 8 to position 4 at the end of the race. Struggling with some issues De Plano wasn’t really happy with the performance of the Qualifying, but explained: “I don’t know exactly, what the problem was. The car was perfect, but I don’t know why – the car was suddenly slowly at the middle of the corner.” Things worked out much better at the race, so De Plano was happy with the performance during the race. “Thanks to my team, we did a great job”, he said after the race, looking forward to Sunday’s race in Brno. “I will push immediately from the start”, is the plan of the overall ranked third of the FORMULA class. “I’m looking forward for a strong competition again, that’s always much more fun to race. So it will be great with Florian Schnitzenbaumer on track again”, De Plano explained.

The Top trio of the FORMULA class was completed by young Indian Mahaveer Raghunathan on P3, who crossed the finish line after 21:16,339 (best lap: 1:49,025 in lap 1).

 

Race 1 in Brno 2017.

Salvatore De Plano (r.) and Mahaveer Raghunathan (l.) on track during race 1 in Brno 2017.

 

Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsports, 21:18,737), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition, 21:32,689), Christian Eicke (Speed Center, 21:33,327) and Henk De Boer (De Boer Manx, 22:04,282) followed on positions 4 to 7 of season race 11.

In total five cars dropped out of grid and race. Besides Schnitzenbaumer Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport) returned to the box in lap 5 due to technical issues. Technical issues as well stopped local hero Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing) one lap later. Peter Göllner and Andreas Fiedler (H&A Racing) dropped out due to technical issues in lap 7. Since BOSS GP rules require a completion of 75% of the laps of the race winner, none of the dropped out drivers drove the necessary eight laps for classification. Nevertheless drivers look forward to Sunday’s race (start: 12:10 p.m.), to hunt for championship points again.

The overall results of race 1 of FORMULA class at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Total time Fastest lap (min) In Gap (s) Laps km/h
1 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 20:59,913 1:45,709 2 11 184,003
2  999 Salvatore De Plano  ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 21:15,262 1:48,308 3 15,349 11 179,588
3 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Dallara Lola 21:16,339 1:49,025 1 16,426 11 178,407
4  323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 21:18,737 1:50,404 9 18,824 11 176,178
5 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 21:32,689 1:53,087 10 32,776 11 171,999
6 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 21:33,327 1:53,325 10 33,414 11 171,637
7 136 Henk de Boer NED De Boer Manx Dallara GP2 22:04,282 1:53,155 1 1:04,369 11 171,895
8 321 Andreas Fiedler GER H&A Racing Dallara GP2 13:53,190 1:49,748 3 4 177,231
9 101 Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 21:05,640 1:51,976 2 4 173,705
10 222  Veronika Cicha CZ H&A Racing Team Dallara GP2 12:29,943 1:56,092 2 5 167,546
11 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport World Series by Nissan 9:53,378 1:52,501 3 6 172,894
12 888 Florian Schnitzenbaumer GER Top Speed Dallara GP2

 

Results race 1 Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

Results race 1 Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

 

So in total it’s the trio of Raghunathan (233 points in total), Ledermair (222) and De Plano (221), who lead the FORMULA field of the BOSS GP after season race 11. It can be assumed, that Ledermair will show strong attack on season race 12 this Sunday, to fight back for the Top 1 position of his class in total.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Brno 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/brno-masaryk-racing-days-2/

Timetable Brno 2017: bossgp.com/timetable-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz/

FORMULA class: Qualifying Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-ledermair-is-fastest-at-qualifying/

FORMULA class: Second free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-early-finish-for-ledermair-and-fiedler-de-plano-showing-speed-at-second-free-practice/

FORMULA class: First free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-raghunathan-shows-fastest-lap-during-first-free-practice/

FORMULA class: Start list at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz-is-set/

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

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09/09/2017

OPEN class: After Qualifying Gerstl on pole position, followed by Jaksch

Ingo Gerstl on track in Brno 2017 during Qualifying.

It was a well known picture: Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) set the pace also at the “Masaryk Racing Days”. The Austrian performed the fastest lap of the grid and will start from pole position at first race of the weekend in Brno on afternoon. Gerstl was followed by Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing Team). 

Weather conditions for drivers and teams turned out well: bit cloudy and 22° at the track in southeast Czechia. The six fastest drivers after practice sessions on Friday started first on the 5,403 km long track in Brno into the Qualifying and owned the circuit for a total of eight minutes.

Read more about the free practices on Friday:

1st free practice of OPEN class in Brno 2017

2nd free practice of OPEN class in Brno 2017

As on Friday the pace of current leader of the OPEN class Ingo Gerstl was super fast. Driving his best lap in impressing 1:34,752 min in lap 1, there is a good chance for the Austrian to set up a new official track record in Brno. Current record is 1:39,093 min, set up by Gerstl himself before (note: official track records only count during races). Gerstl will start from pole position at season race 11 in Brno on afternoon (start: 3:00 p.m.).

The Austrian was followed by Wolfgang Jaksch, who performed his best lap in 1:41,986 in lap1, showing a significant gap to leader Gerstl with his Super Aguri SA06. Nevertheless the German finished the Qualifying as second fastest driver of the whole grid and will start from position 2 onto the track at afternoon.

Third OPEN class driver in Brno, Bernd Herndlhofer, went for just one lap onto the track. With a time of 1:42,581 the Austrian will start from position 4 of the overall start grid at the race in the afternoon.

 

Bernd Herndlhofer during Qualifying on track in Brno 2017.

Bernd Herndlhofer during Qualifying on track in Brno 2017.

 

The complete results of the Qualifying at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Gap Laps km/h
1 1 Ingo Gerstl AUT Top Speed Toro Rosso STR1 F1 1:34,752 1 3 205,281
2 26 Wolfgang Jaksch GER F Xtreme Racing Team Super Aguri SA06 F1 1:41,986 1  7,234 4 190,720
3 21 Bernd Herndlhofer AUT H&A Racing Team Arrows A22 1:42,581 1 7,829 2 189,614

Since OPEN and FORMULA class have different classifications, but drive together at the race, the whole start grid of 15 drivers will start into the race on afternoon. The phalanx of the OPEN class drivers on top is hit by by Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) as fastest FORMULA driver, who will start from position 3, in front of OPEN class driver Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing Team) on position 4.

 

Result Qualifying Brno 2017, OPEN class.

Result Qualifying Brno 2017, OPEN class.

 

This is the starting grid for race 1 at the “Masaryk Racing Days”  in Brno 2017:

Start grid race 1 in Brno 2017.

Start grid race 1 in Brno 2017.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Brno 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/brno-masaryk-racing-days-2/

Timetable for Brno 2017: bossgp.com/timetable-for-the-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz/

FORMULA class: Qualifying in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-ledermair-is-fastest-at-qualifying/

OPEN class: Second free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-leading-again-jaksch-back-on-track-in-brno/

OPEN class: First free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-performes-best-at-first-free-practice-in-brno/

OPEN class: Start list at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-start-list-for-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz-is-set/

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

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09/09/2017