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FORMULA class: Ledermair takes second P1 of the weekend – De Plano with P2 after incredible race

Podium of FORMULA class of race 2 in Assen 2017.

New day, new challenges. Race 2 of the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen (NED) went more or less smooth in front of an awesome crowd of 94.500 spectators. Twelve drivers started in the BOSS GP FORMULA class. There were no crashes tough as on Saturday, despite early exits of Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing) and Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport).

First trouble occured already before race start. Ingo Gerstl (Team Top Speed, OPEN class), ranked on start position 14 after his early race exit on Saturday, was put on the pole position by a decision of race director and stewards due to safety reasons. “Actually I was surprised about that decision, made by the race management. I didn’t ask for, it was decided because of safety reasons”, Gerstl explained after the race, since there was some trouble about that decision anyway. Finally Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), initially set on pole position, started from position 2 of the start grid, followed by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) and Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport).

Ledermair showed a strong performance, dominating the FORMULA grid as on Saturday again. “The car was brilliant, my team has done a great job – everthing worked out smooth!”, Ledermair was fine with his race after the podium ceremony. “I think I lost some time during the yellow flag phase, since there was a signifcant gap to the other cars before the yellow flag and no gap, when the yellow flags were gone.” Nevertheless the Austrian brougth his second P1 of the weekend home safely, with an gap of 11,673 sec in front of P2, Salvatore De Plano, and driving his fastest lap in 1:25,624 min.

The Italian had have some “tyre trouble” at the first race on Saturday. “Our race went perfect today. Tyres worked out great, race conditions were fine, it was just a perfect race for us, fantastico!”, De Plano smiled widely after the podium ceremony. He had driven his fastest lap in 1:26,726 and in fact sent Mahaveer Raghunathan on P3. The Indian finished with an significant gap of 18,516 seconds behind De Plano.

De Plano preparing for race 2 in Assen 2017.

De Plano preparing for race 2 in Assen 2017.

 

Marc Faggionato (Zig Zag), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport), Peter Göllner (Speed Center), PETER (Ray-Ban), Christian Eicke (Speed Center) and Wolfgang Jordan (H&A Racing) finished on following positions. Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport) had to quit his race after lap 10 due to technical issues. Veronika Cicha spun off the track already in first lap. Peter Göllner had a spun during the start phase too, but managed well and was able to continue the race, as well as Wolfgang Jordan in lap 5.

These are the results of the FORMULA class at race 2 in Assen:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Total time Laps km/h
1 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:25,624 3 26:41,624 18 184,30
2 999 Salvatore De Plano ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:26,726 2 26:53,130 18 182,97
3 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Lola Auto GP 1:27,661 4 27:11,646 18 180,89
4 129 Marc Faggionato MC Team Zig Zag Dallara GP2 1:28,244 9 27:24,519 18 179,48
5 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:33,302 13 26:41,110 17 174,10
6 323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:33,010 3 27:14,320 17 170,57
7 101 Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:30,698 12 27:24,096 17 169,55
8 111 ‘PETER’ FRA Team Ray Ban Dallara World Series by Renault 1:33,845 10 26:26,226 16 165,40
9 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:34,142 13 26:26,631 16 165,36
10 105 Wolfgang Jordan GER H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:36,602 9 27:50,682 15 147,22
11 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport Dallara World Series by Nissan 1:34,189 9 17:24,223 10 157,03
12 222 Veronika Cicha CZ H&A Racing Dallara GP2


So at the end of the race weekend in Assen, fifth stage of the BOSS GP championship 2017 overall, the total ranking of the FORMULA class hasn’t changed that much
: Mahaveer Raghunathan is keeping the lead of the overall ranking with now 213 points, followed by Salvatore De Plano with 199 points. Johann Ledermair follows sharply behind on third rank with now 197 points.

Since OPEN and FORMULA class have different classifications, but drive together at the same race, the whole start grid of 14 drivers started at the same race. Next stage of the 2017 BOSS GP championship season is Brno (CZ) on 9th/10th of September 2017.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Assen 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/assen-gamma-racing-days

OPEN class: Race 2 at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-back-on-p1-in-race-2

FORMULA class: Race 1 at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-ledermair-wins-race-and-p1

FORMULA class: Qualifying at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-qualifying-in-assen-ledermair-fastest-formula-driver

FORMULA class: Free practice at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-early-finish-after-a-crash-ledermair-back-on-track-and-top-of-the-field

FORMULA class: Start list at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-gamma-racing-days-in-assen-ned-is-set

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

06/08/2017

FORMULA class: Ledermair wins race and P1

Ledermair wins race and P1 in Assen 2017 at race 1.

After a free practice session, which ended with an horrifying crash of OPEN class driver Klaas Zwart (Team Ascari) and a smooth Qualifying with Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) finishing as fastest driver of the FORMULA class, teams and spectators finally experienced quite a strange race at the end of the day at the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen.

Race started with quite a long safety car phase. Wolfgang Jordan (H&A Racing) collided and crashed on the start/finish straight just when the race was started. As a result drivers had to stay behind the safety car for the next four laps. When the track was released, Johann Ledermair had the lead, kept the lead and finished as overall leader of complete race (both classes) as well as P1 of the FORMULA class. The Austrian performed his best lap in 1:25,655 min. “I’m very satisfied with our performance this weekend so far”, Ledermair explained after the race. “We managed to solve a technical problem, which improved the performance of the car significantly. I had a good feeling and good performance already during Qualifying, so I’m happy, that I managed to repeat this performance at the race. I love racing in Assen, it is always a highlight of the race calendar. I look forward to the second race on Sunday and hope for for a good performance again.”

Ledermair was followed by Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport), who finished the race on P2 and raced his best lap in 1:28,825. The Indian was overtaken by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) directly after the start, but stepped back to position 2 of the grid in lap 5. “I’m fine with the result. Due to the long safety car phase in the beginning of the race, I wasn’t able to attack and push as I actually would have wanted to”, Raghunathan told us after the race.

 

Mahaveer Raghunathan before the start of race 1 in Assen 2017.

Mahaveer Raghunathan before the start of race 1 in Assen 2017.

First podium position this season claimed Marc Faggionato (Zig Zag), who finished the race on position 3. Not only at the FORMULA class, but in total as well. Faggionato performed his best lap in 1:31,966 min. He was followed by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport), who was set back by a spun in lap 4 (from position 3 back to position 10). De Plano showed a great catch-up and finally finished on position 4, still managing to overtake OPEN class driver Wolfgang Jaksch during the last lap. So De Plano, current runner up of the overall FORMULA class ranking, missed his next podium of the season really close. The Italian performed his best lap in 1:30,761 – actually a top-3 time.

Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing), Peter Göllner (Speed Center), Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport), Christian Eicke (Speed Center) and ‘PETER’ (Ray-Ban) followed on the next positions.

 

Results of race 1 at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Total time Laps km/h
1 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:25,655 8  21:18,537 10 128,25
2 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Lola Auto GP 1:28,825 9 21:36,289 10 126,49
3 129 Marc Faggionato MC Zig Zag Dallara GP2 1:31,966 9 21:57,247 10 124,48
4 999 Salvatore De Plano ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:30,761 10 22:02,473 10 123,99
5 323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:34,869 10 22:10,336 10 123,26
6 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:34,175 10 22:10,910 10 123,20
7 222 Veronika Cicha CZ H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:34,875 8 22:11,446 10 123,15
8 101 Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:35,045 10 22:12,323 10 123,07
9 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport Dallara World Series by Nissan 1:36,459 9 22:22,583 10 122,13
10 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:37,723 8 22:34,632 10 121,05
11 111 ‘PETER’ FRA Ray-Ban Dallara World Series by Renault 1:36,068 7 21:39,869 9 133,53
12 105 Wolfgang Jordan GER H&A Racing Dallara GP2 10:41,203 1  10:57,220 1 24,95

 

Since OPEN and FORMULA class have different classifications, but drive together in the same race, the whole start grid of 14 drivers will start at the same race on Sunday at race 2 again. It starts at 2:19 p.m (duration: 25 min).

This is the starting grid for race 2 at the “Gamma Racing Days”  in Assen 2017:

Start grid of race 2 in Assen 2017.

Start grid of race 2 in Assen 2017.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Assen 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/assen-gamma-racing-days

OPEN class: Race 1 at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-wolfgang-jaksch-winning-his-first-ever-p1-at-boss-gp

FORMULA class: Qualifying at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-qualifying-in-assen-ledermair-fastest-formula-driver

FORMULA class: Free practice at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-early-finish-after-a-crash-ledermair-back-on-track-and-top-of-the-field

FORMULA class: Start list at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-gamma-racing-days-in-assen-ned-is-set

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

05/08/2017

FORMULA class: Qualifying in Assen – Ledermair fastest FORMULA driver

Johann Ledermair on track in Assen 2017.

A start grid of twelve drivers is racing the FORMULA class at the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen (NED) for season races 9 and 10. The “usual suspects” lead the field of the FORMULA drivers at Qualifying.

Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), loosing the overall leading position of the FORMULA class while absent in Zolder (BEL) in July a couple of weeks before, obviously is aiming for getting back to the top position of his class. He performed the fastest lap of the FORMULA class field at Qualifying, with 1:25,192 min in his fifth lap with his Dallara GP2, still improving his best lap time from the free practice session (1:25,829).

Ledermair was sharply followed by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport, Dallara GP2), who performed his best lap in lap 4 with 1:26,731. A gap of only 0,375 min behind De Plano, Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) was finishing his best lap at Qualifying in 1:27,106 with his Lola Auto GP, improving his lap time from free practice significantly.

So it’s once more the trio of Ledermair, De Plano and Raghunathan leading the FORMULA field of the BOSS GP after Qualifying and starting from the front positions of the start grid.

 

Qualifying in Assen 2017.

 

They are followed by Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing), who showed a great Qualifying and finished her best lap in her Dallara GP2 with 1:32,604. Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport, Dallara GP2), Marc Faggionato (Zig Zag, Dallara GP2), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competion, Dallara GP2), Peter Göllner (Speed Center, Dallara GP2), Wolfang Jordan (H&A Racing, Dallara GP2) took the next positions, as well as ‘PETER’ (Ray-Ban), who wasn’t lucky at the free practice with his Dallara World Series by Renault, but finished well at the Qualifying, and Christian Eicke (Speed Center, Dallara GP2).

Karl-Heinz Becker left Qualifying already at first lap, due to technical reasons.

 

These are the results of the Qualifying:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Gap Laps km/h
1 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:25,192 5 6 192,48
2 999 Salvatore De Plano ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:26,731 4 1,539 5 189,07
3 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Lola Auto GP 1:27,106 5  0,375 6 188,25
4 222 Veronika Cicha CZE H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:32,604 5  5,498 6 177,08
5 323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:32,920 4 0,316 6 176,47
6 129 Marc Faggionato MC Zig Zag Dallara GP2 1:33,555 4 0,635 6 175,28
7 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:33,615 5  0,060 6 175,16
8 101 Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:34,152 6 0,537 7 174,17
9 105 Wolfgang Jordan GER H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:36,181 9 2,029 10 170,49
10 111 ‘PETER’ FRA Ray-Ban Dallara World Series by Renault 1:37,663 4 1,482 6 167,90
11 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:38,566  4  0,903 9 166,37
12 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport Dallara World Series by Nissan

 

Since OPEN and FORMULA class have different classifications, but drive together at the same race, the whole start grid of 14 drivers will start at the same race. Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed, OPEN class) once more this season will start from pole position. He is followed by FORMULA class drivers Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) and Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport).

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

Start grid of race 1 in Assen 2017.

MORE:

Picture gallery of Assen 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/assen-gamma-racing-days

FORMULA class: Free practice at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-early-finish-after-a-crash-ledermair-back-on-track-and-top-of-the-field

FORMULA class: Start list at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-gamma-racing-days-in-assen-ned-is-set

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

05/08/2017

FORMULA class: Early finish after a crash – Ledermair back on track and top of the field

Johann Ledermair on track in Assen 2017.

13 drivers had registered for the BOSS GP FORMULA class at the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen (NED). Season races 9 and 10 will take place at the circuit in the northeast of the Netherlands. One free practice for the races was scheduled on Saturday (5th of August) at 9:31 a.m. It ended earlier than planned with an horrific crash by Klaas Zwart (OPEN class).

Both BOSS GP classes – OPEN and FORMULA class – went on track together for the practice session. Twelve drivers represented the FORMULA class. Henk de Boer (De Boer Manx) had to step back due to health issues already before the race weekend. Weather conditions were fine in Assen on Saturday morning: 18°, cloudy, but dry.

The practice session started slowly, due to two yellow flag phases in the beginning.  ‘PETER’ (Ray-Ban) spun of the track already in the first lap. Only minutes later, Wolfgang Jordan (H&A Racing Team) spun off the track as well. Then finally drivers tested the circuit at its best. Back on track after absence in Zolder (BEL) on 15th/16th of July was Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport). The Austrian was not only back on track, but also back on top, since he drove the fastest lap of the FORMULA class start grid at the free practice in 1:25,829 min with his Dallara GP2. As might be expected, Ledermair was followed by Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) in the Lola Auto GP with his best lap in 1:31,449. One can expect an exciting battle between Ledermair and Raghunathan on the track at the race, as we already have seen during the whole season.

 

Mahaveer Raghunathan on track in Assen 2017.

Mahaveer Raghunathan on track in Assen 2017.

 

The following drivers showed as well some neck-to-neck-laps, with some really close gaps: Marc Faggionato (Zig Zig), Christian Eicke and Peter Göllner (both Speed Center), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing) as well as Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport). Meanwhile Wolfgang Jordan had to quit free practice early, after he spun off the track after five laps driven.

The free practice finally was cancelled after a horrifying crash of Klaas Zwart (Team Ascari) of the OPEN class. There won’t be another training session. The Qualifying will start at 1:04 p.m.

These are the results of the free practice:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Gap Laps km/h
1 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:25,829 7 8 191,05
2 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Lola Auto GP 1:31,449 7  5,620 8 179,31
3 129 Marc Faggionato MC Zig Zag Dallara GP2 1:34,413 9  1,203 10 173,68
4 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:35,125 10  0,712 10 172,38
5 101 Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:35,488 10  0,363 10 171,73
6 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:36,461 6  0,973 8 170,00
7 222 Veronika Cicha CZE H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:37,373 8  0,912 8 168,40
8 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport Dallara World Series by Nissan 1:38,735 10 1,362 10 166,08
9 105 Wolfgang Jordan GER H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:51,573 5  12,838 5 146,97
10 111 ‘PETER’ FRA Team Ray Ban Dallara World Series by Renault 1 0,00

MORE:

Picture gallery of Assen 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/assen-gamma-racing-days

OPEN class: Free practice at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-free-practice-ends-with-a-horrific-crash-by-klaas-zwart

FORMULA class: Start list at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-gamma-racing-days-in-assen-ned-is-set

Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings

05/08/2017

FORMULA class: Start list for the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen (NED ) is set

Zandvoort 2017.

In just a few days the fifth station of  the BOSS GP Championship season 2017 takes place. The circuit in Assen (NED) will be host for the season races 9 and 10 on the weekend from 5th to 6th of August. The start list for the event in Assen is now set. 

17 drivers in total (FORMULA and OPEN class) signed up for the event in Assen. Fans and specatators can look forward to some interesting and exciting duels on track. 13 drivers will compete in the FORMULA class in Assen. Current leader of the class, Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport), will be on track as well as runner up Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport). Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), leading the FORMULA class for the first six races, will be back in the start grid as well. Since he didn’t race in Zolder (BEL) on 15th/16th of July, he dropped back in the ranking to position 3. It can be assumed, that Ledermair wants to reclaim the top-position of the FORMULA class in Assen.

This is the start list for the FORMULA class at the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen:

Start-No. Name Team Nat. Make Type
101 Peter Göldner Speed Center SUI Dallara GP2
105 Wolfgang Jordan H&A Racing GER Dallara GP2
111 ‘PETER’ Ray Ban FRA Dallara World Series by Renault
115 Mahaveer Raghunathan PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport IND Lola Auto GP
129 Marc Fagionatti Zig Zag MC Dallara GP2
136 Henk de Boer De Boer Manx NED Dallara GP2
222 Veronika Cicha H&A Racing CZE Dallara GP2
323 Armando Mangini MM International Motorsport ITA Dallara GP2
411 Karl-Heinz Becker Becker Motorsport GER Dallara World Series by Nissan
444 Johann Ledermair Ledermair Motorsport AUT Dallara GP2
505 Walter Steding Inter Europol Competition GER Dallara GP2
555 Christian Eicke Speed Center SUI Dallara GP2
999 Salvatore De Plano MM International Motorsport ITA Dallara GP2

 

BOSS GP will compete at seven different European venues in 2017, holding 14 races in total. Hockenheim (GER) in April, Zandvoort (NED) in May, Paul Picard (FRA) in June and Zolder (BEL) in July are done. Assen will set season races 9 and 10. Remaining tracks are Brno (CZE, September) and Imola (ITA, September/October).

MORE:

Find detailed statistics of current standings here: bossgp.com/standings/

Find all informations about the Circuit in Assen on this website: www.ttcircuit.com

31/07/2017

Ledermair dominates second race in Zandvoort as well

Podium of season race 4 in Zandvoort 2017 and partner PIRELLI.

After a thrilling race on Saturday at the “Jumbo Race Festival” in Zandvoort race 4 of  the BOSS GP season 2017 on Sunday had some surprises too. The podium of the FORMULA class however after 14 laps was the same as the day before, Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) clearly dominating the grid, followed by Mahaveer Raghunathan (Coloni Motorsport) and Salvatore de Plano (MM International Motorsport). Unfortunately both drivers of the OPEN class, Marijn and Rinus van Kalmthout (both Mansell Motorsport) dropped out of the race early due to a crash and technical reasons.

While Johann Ledermair could defend his pole position in his Dallara GP2 into the first curve, the “Tarzanbocht”, against attacking Rinus van Kalmthout in a Dallara GP2 Evo, who had started from position 2, Marijn van Kalmthout had huge trouble. After his Benetton B197 F1 got hit Kalmthout lost one of his tyres at the start straight, what meant a much to early out for the local hero. Couple of laps under yellow flag and safety car phase were following for the grid, drivers even had to pass the pit lane again, since the straight lane was blocked by rescue operation for Kalmthouts Benetton. “It was not too easy, to avoid overheating of the engines and keeping the tyres on the neccessary temperatures”, Johann Ledermair explained the difficult conditions at the first phase of the race.

Already during the safety car phase Rinus van Kalmthouth, the only left driver of the OPEN class in the grid, had to turn back to the box too, due to technical problems with his Dallara GP2 Evo. So season race 4 turned out to an exclusively FORMULA class race.

 

Crashing on the start straight line directly after the start Marijn van Kalmthout unfortunately dropped out of the race early.

Crashing on the start straight line directly after the start Marijn van Kalmthout unfortunately dropped out of the race early.

 

When the safety car had left and the track finally was open for pure racing again, the “usual suspects” were competing for the podium. Ledermair kept the lead and grabbed P1, driving his best lap time in round 5 with 1:25.591 min. The Austrian was closely followed by Mahaveer Raghunathan, who showed his best lap time in round 10 with 1:27.675 min. The 18 years old Indian was happy with his performance and P2, despite he looked ahead to the next races (Paul Ricard Circuit/France, 10-11/06/2017) directly after the award ceremony. “The start of todays race was not that easy, but everything worked out well. Finally it was a tough race again, but I did my best. The goal was, to increase speed and improve the lap record from yesterdays race. That worked out well, so finally I’m happy with the performance this week and my overall results”, Raghunathan explained.

With a huge smile on his face Salvatore de Plano (MM International Motorsport) climbed onto the podium. After P3 on saturday he defended this position at race 2 and stressed out his great performance this weekend. “The track was a huge challenge to go for. I have never raced in Zandvoort before, so my focus on the track and its characteristics was immense”, de Plano told us after the race and started to rave about the track. “It is amazing, but you have to now the track very well, to have a good race. So I’m really happy with my result this weekend, since I could make it twice onto the podium and didn’t loose to many points in the championship. The car was perfect and I reached my personal goal, to come as close as possible to position 2.” As Raghunathan also de Plano wants to confirm his good shape on the track in Le Castellet at Paul Ricard in June.

 

Champagne in Zandvoort 2017 after season race 4.

Champagne in Zandvoort 2017 after season race 4.

 

The podium was followed by Marc Fagionatto (Zig-Zag) on position 4, Florian Schnitzenbaumer (5., Top Speed), Henk de Boer (6., De Boer Manx), Peter Göllner (7., Speed Center), Christian Eicke (8., Speed Center), PETER (9., Easy Formula) and Karl-Heinz Becker (10., Becker Motorsport). Becker just finished eleven laps, having technical issues in his last lap which forced him to finish the race. “We don’t know yet, what caused the problems. We have to analyse this issue”, Becker told after the race.

The results of season race 4 in Zandvoort 2017.

The results of season race 4 in Zandvoort 2017.

 

Meanwhile winning Ledermair was satisfied with his progess during the race: “After an challenging start I was able, to control the race and bring it home safely. There were some factors, I had to pay my attention especially during the safety car phase, but everything worked out well. So at the end, I’m very happy with that clear win.” Besides and optimum of a race weekend Ledermair and his team take some “homework” back to Austria, they will work on until the next race. “We collected lots of data this weekend, we have to analyze. Of course we wont sit back now, but continue our work and make any effort, to increase the speed further on”, the ambitious youngster is looking into the future.

Happy winner of race 3 and 4 at the race weekend in Zandvoort 2017.

Happy winner of race 3 and 4 at the race weekend in Zandvoort 2017.

Next station for the BOSS GP championship 2017 is set already in three weeks. Circuit Paul Ricard in France, Le Castellet, will be the host with its “GT OPEN & EUROFORMULA OPEN”.

MORE:

Photo gallery race weekend Zandvoort: bossgp.com/gallery/zandvoort-jumbo-racedagen

Report of first race in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/first-race-johann-ledermair-bringing-the-sensation-to-zandvoort

Report of Qualifying in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/qualifying-in-zandvoort-hell-of-laptimes-for-the-van-kalmthouts

Report of second free practice in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/second-free-practice-results-ledermair-and-raghunathan-step-up-the-speed

Report of first free practice in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/first-free-practice-marijn-van-kalmthout-shows-his-class

Detailed statistics of practices and qualifying: Results race 1 Zandvoort 2017.

First race: Johann Ledermair bringing the sensation to Zandvoort

Podium of season race 3 in Zandvoort 2017.

Thinking, a super-fast qualifying was a blast today, one has to find a new superlative for the sensation, that happened at the first race of the “Jumbo Race Festival” in Zandvoort on Saturday afternoon. Austrian youngster Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) was not only dominating the FORMULA class clearly, but also beat local hero Rinus van Kalmthout (Mansell Motorsport) of the OPEN class.

Hoping for an exciting first race at the “Jumbo Race Festival” in Zandvoort expectations were fulfilled, when Johann Ledermair of the FORMULA class in his Dallara GP2 beat Rinus van Kalmthout of the OPEN class in the Dallara GP1 Evo. While Ledermair set the lap record at 1:24.193 min, Rinus van Kalmthout finished his best lap in 1:24.549 min. Both youngsters enjoyed a clear lead of the grid, topped by a spectacular overtaking of Johann Ledermair in round 10, leading the grid for the last five laps on and bringing P1 home.

„This was a real strong competition. But I think, I managed well throughout the race”, winning Johann Ledermair, who had started from position 3, analyzed his performance after the awards ceremony. “I was able, to take the second position directly after the start, but having still quite a gap to the leading Rinus von Kalmthout. I moved closer step by step, always considering the conditions of the tyres well, got the kick and finally attacked van Kalmthout. While he overtook me back instantly at the first try, I got him at the second time and it was just a “now or never, bring that home”-motivation for me. So finally, I made it and got that victory home.”

Johann Ledermair taking the P1 of season race 3 in Zandvoort 2017.

Johann Ledermair taking the P1 of season race 3 in Zandvoort 2017.

 

So P2 was owned by the youngest driver of the grid, BOSS GP-newcomer Rinus von Kalmthout. Starting from the pole positing and showing the thrilling fight with Johann Ledermair the 16 years old Dutch finished with the overall P2, owning the P1 of the OPEN class.

P2 of the FORMULA class, Mahaveer Raghunathan (Coloni Motorsport), was fine with his podium position so far and a lap record of 1:28.344 min, but not 100% happy: “I could have gone for a better result, if I wouldn’t have been blocked by another driver”, 18 years old Raghunathan was not that satisfied. “I will go for this tomorrow and improve at the race on Sunday”, the P2 from India is more than motivated for season race 4.

Happy with the P3 of the FORMULA class and his first podium position of the season was Salvatore de Plano (MM International Motorsport) with his fastest lap in 1:29.180 min, followed by BOSS GP returnee Marc Fagionatto (Zig Zag) in 1:29.853 min.

Henk de Boer (5., De Boer Manx), Peter Göllner (6., Speed Center), Florian Schnitzenbaumer (7., Top Speed), Karl-Heinz Becker (8., Becker Motorsport) and Christian Eicke (9., Speed Center) completed the ranking. ‘PETER’ couldn’t be classified with a raced amount of just 9 laps, whereas 11 laps would have been necessary for a classification (75% of laps driven by the P1 (i.e. 14)).

On the track in Zandvoort 2017.

On the track in Zandvoort 2017.

 

Meanwhile the OPEN class provided a really clear arrangement: Rinus van Kalmthout on the P1 was just followed by his father, Marijn van Kalmthout (Mansell Motorsport). The experienced driver suffered problems with a tyre in round 5 and was forced to a pit stop. He finished the race with a total of 11 laps on the 11th position, nevertheless ranked in P2 of the OPEN class, since there were registered only two starters in the OPEN class at all in Zandvoort.

Results of race 1 in Zandvoort 2017.

Results of race 1 in Zandvoort 2017.

 

So, after an exciting first race day P1, Johann Ledermair, made a final statement about the key to success for winning the overall ranking at season race 3. “Winning today was also the result of an intensive practice-day on Friday and a lot of work after he second practice”, Ledermair explains. “My team did an incredible great job and put a lot of effort into the car until late into the night. Without them I couldn’t have done the race so well. We completely changed the setup of the car, after having quite a lot of problems during the first practice sessions. We made great progress at the second practice in the afternoon and after still some more changes for the race day we could progress once more for the Qualifying as well as the race.” Ledermairs coach, Oliver Saringer, was as well proud as thrilled about the performance of his Youngster: “It is a fact, that we won the OPEN class with a FORMULA car. That has never happened before”, he made the point.

The podium of the race means starting from pole position for Johann Ledermair in Sundays race. After the thrilling first race in Zandvoort, spectators and fans can look forward to another exciting battle between Ledermair and Rinus van Kalmthout again on Sunday, when the Dutch youngster will start from position 2.

Startgrid of second race in Zandvoort 2017.

Startgrid of second race in Zandvoort 2017.

 

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MORE:

Report of Qualifying in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/qualifying-in-zandvoort-hell-of-laptimes-for-the-van-kalmthouts

Report of second free practice in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/second-free-practice-results-ledermair-and-raghunathan-step-up-the-speed

Report of first free practice in Zandvoort: bossgp.com/first-free-practice-marijn-van-kalmthout-shows-his-class

Detailed statistics of practices and qualifying: Results race 1 Zandvoort 2017.