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Report: Race 2 Assen

Ingo Gerstl (Toro Rosso STR1)

Roy Glaser wins the FORMULA class with a dominant performance, win number 2 for the Suiss; Gerstl ahead of Stratford in the OPEN.

It was the weekend of the comebacks: Roy Glaser (SUI, Speed Center) was the fastest driver of the FORMULA class yesterday, but two spins prevented a top result. Today, however, Glaser did not give his competitors the slightest chance. The Swiss won his class superiorly, in the overall rankings he thus made it to rank 3.

In front of him classified the fastest pilots of the OPEN class. Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) clinched season’s victory number 8, allowing the Salzburg-born racing driver to crown himself BOSS GP Champion 2018 at the penultimate race weekend in Brno (September 7-9).

Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom Racing) climbed on the podium for the seventh time this year, and for the seventh time in second place – for Stratford with his Benetton B197 it was the smoothest weekend of the whole year. In contrast to last year’s Assen winner Wolfgang Jaksch (DEU, F Xtreme Racing), who already had to retire his 2006 Super Aguri at the end of the race, a technical problem forced him off the track several times before.

In front of full stands with enthusiastic Dutch fans the duels in the midfield were especially worth seeing. Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center) was the big surprise of the weekend. The Swiss drove the best race weekend of his BOSS GP career, despite an accident in free practice. With second place in the FORMULA class he confirmed his performance of the previous day.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed), who had a tough race, also made it on to the podium today. After yesterday’s accident, he had to switch to a spare car in the second race. Without power steering and with the consequences of an operation, the German went to his physical limits – with rank 3 he extended his championship lead. One reason for this was the retirement of Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing), who was in the second place when he was forced to stop the car due a technical failure.

Looking ahead: Next, the BOSS GP will be the headliner of the Masaryk Racing Days at the beginning of September (7-9) in Brno, Czech Republic. The season finale will take place two weeks later in Spielberg (21-23 September), as part of the DTM weekend.

 

Quotes after the race:

New track record holder and double winner Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed): “Of course, the record was great, now it counts. I was even faster in qualifying. The second race was smooth, but the 25 minutes of racing time are really long in a Formula 1 car.”

FORMULA winner Roy Glaser (SUI, Speed Center): “Two race weekends, two wins – what more could you ask for? In the end, I drove without risk today. Unfortunately I can’t be at any more races this year because of my job.”

3rd FORMULA Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed): “After the accident yesterday I had to change the car. Once you drive a car with power steering, you’ll never drive anything else. I was about to give up halfway through the race. In the end I had to slow down, I couldn’t hold it anymore.”

 

Photos: Michael Kavena/BOSS GP

Report: Race 1 Assen

f.l. Veronika Cicha and FORMULA winner Andreas Fiedler

Ingo Gerstl sets lap record and wins for the seventh time this season. Andreas Fiedler wins the FORMULA classification for the first time and makes up ground in the championship.

GAMMA Racing Day attracted tens of thousands of spectators to the beautiful race track in Assen on the first day of racing. The highlight for many of them have been the races of the BOSS GP for years. So probably also this year, because the grandstands were well filled just in time for the first race at 4:30 pm – with light wind and cloudy sky (22 degrees outside temperature).

It had already been promised in qualifying, and Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) made it official in the race: The Austrian not only won the race and the OPEN class for the seventh time this season, but also set a new lap record at the TT Circuit Assen with 1:18,298 min. After Gerstl had already driven the fastest lap ever in qualifying (1:17,157), the record only became official in the race. Gerstl’s old record was 1:19,371 from 2016.

Phil Stratford (Penn Elcom Racing) finished second behind Ingo Gerstl. The US-American complained about wearing down tyres on his Benetton B197, but was never pressed by the pursuers – all in all a problem-free race.

Unlike Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing), who had his hands full throughout the race. With Andreas Fiedler, Wolfgang Jaksch and partner Veronika Cicha as well as Peter Göllner and towards the end of the race Roy Glaser formed an exciting fighting group. Jaksch was not only involved in all kinds of action, but also drifted in Fast and Furious style in the Super Aguri in the first lap to stay on track. Despite all the chaos, he became third overall.

Even before the start of the race there was an accident: Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) spun so hard into the barriers during the tyre warm-up that the broken car had to be lifted. The German could leave the car on his own, but lost valuable points in the championship. In return Andreas Fiedler (Fiedler Racing) made a considerable leap forward. After the injury-related non start at Hockenheim in July, he won the FORMULA class at the comeback. Now he is only 14 points behind Schnitzenbaumer.

Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing) climbed the podium with Fiedler. The Czech was on the podium for the first time this year. A flawless race enabled her, as did Peter Göllner (Speed Center), to take a champagne shower. Göllner started after a practice accident in the spare car, and had to get used to the circumstances.

The fastest lap of the FORMULA drivers went to Roy Glaser (Speed Center), but the Swiss pole setter can’t buy anything for that. Glaser spun at the restart of the race, and was left behind by the rest of the field. After a furious chase to catch up, Glaser exaggerated his attempt to attack third-placed Jaksch. A shame: A spin ended his race shortly before the end.

Christian Eicke (Speed Center) started from the pits, he became inconspicuous seventh. Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), who couldn’t get away at the restart, should also be unhappy. He also chased the field with a delay. Too bad, because the German had shown a good pace so far this weekend.

Tomorrow’s second race starts at 16:06 CET +1 and a live stream is available at www.podium.tv

 

Quotes after the race:

FORMULA winner Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing): “My mechanic said I should slow down at the beginning and only push at the end – but that didn’t work out like this anymore. I was almost certain that Roy would make another mistake, he was eager to get Jaksch. I just didn’t want to make a mistake, take the points home. I had the championship in mind the whole time.”

2nd OPEN Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom Racing): “The race was difficult because the track is so demanding. I’ve never been here before, six laps in practice and then right into qualifying. I’m certainly not at the limit yet.”

2nd FORMULA Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center): “A sensation! This podium was expensive to buy after the accident in the morning.”

 

Photos: Michael Kavena/BOSS GP

Report: Race 1 Hockenheim F1

BOSS GP delivered a show of superlatives within the German Grand Prix. Two safety car phases and the beginning of rain made the race the most exciting of the year.

For the 17 drivers and 2 pilots of the BOSS GP it was the race of their lives: In front of almost 30,000 spectators, Europe’s fastest racing series started for the second time this year at the Hockenheimring, but for the first time ever as support of the Formula 1 World Championship.

The start was already turbulent: Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) in his Toro Rosso started from pole position, Phil Stratford (Benetton; Penn Elcom Racing) and Bernd Herndlhofer (Top Speed) were behind him at the flying start. The Swiss Roy Glaser (Speed Center) had a quick start and shot forward to third place in the first corner. However, he also benefited from the collision of team-mates Luca Martucci and Armando Mangini (MM International). Martucci lost the front wing of his GP2 Dallara.

But that’s not all with the action: Glaser made a 360-degree turn through his own fault, but continued immediately. Also Bianca Steiner (Top Speed) was involved in the action zone in turn 1, she had to avoid the flying front wing of Martucci over the asphalted run-out area.

Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing; started from position 8) and Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed; started from position 11) did as expected and were the biggest mover during the first part of the race. Surprisingly, Martucci did not enter the pits, instead he tried to continue without his front wing. Without much grip on the front axle the lap times dropped by five seconds. But Martucci was brave, behind him a slow train with at times five cars formed. First Jaksch passed the wounded Dallara of Martucci, then Schnitzenbaumer, who overtook three cars in only one and a half laps. Martucci finished surprisingly seventh, ahead of his opponent Armando Mangini (8th).

The first safety car phase brought disorder on the first places: The SC was triggered by a collision of Hans Laub (Speed Center) in the Forti with Bianca Steiner (Top Speed) in the Dallara GP2. The manoeuvre against Steiner went wrong, the gap was too small. Laub’s Forti rushed over the curbs on the inside and than into Steiner’s car – both did not finish.

The safety car brought the first pilots together again. When the track was cleared again, Roy Glaser reacted the fastest. The Swiss was at the start of a BOSS GP race for the first time this year. With his manoeuvre he surprised Stratford and Herndlhofer in front of him and overtook them, so he had made up to the first place in the FORMULA classification. Herndlhofer just overtook

Unimpressed by the events, Ingo Gerstl clinched his sixth victory of the season. When it started raining, the race was stopped due to the conditions. One of the victims of the rain was Wolfgang Jordan, who spun in the hairpin bend. Behind Gerstl, Phil Stratford and Wolfgang Jaksch landed in the OPEN class. Behind Glaser the Top Speed drivers Bernd Herndlhofer and Florian Schnitzenbaumer completed the FORMULA podium.

Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition) finished in a good ninth place despite a spin in the reconnaissance lap. Karl-Heinz Becker, the oldest participant in the field, was probably just as happy about 10th place. Christian Eicke (Speed Center) finished eleventh ahead of Thomas Jakoubek (Top Speed), who only travelled to the Hockenheimring this afternoon.

Race 2 starts tomorrow Sunday at 11:10 am and goes over the longer distance of 25 minutes. Starting grid is the same as for race 1.

 

Photos: Daniel Glaser/BOSS GP

Report: Qualifying Hockenheim F1

Ingo Gerstl had an almost perfect qualifying session to mark the highlight of the BOSS GP year. Bernd Herndlhofer starts as best of the FORMULA class.

With an outside temperature of 20 degrees and a track temperature of 25 degrees, the eyes were initially directed towards the sky. It started raining again and again in the morning, but for the qualifying of the BOSS GP it remained dry to the delight of most drivers – the Pirelli rain tyres could thus remain on the wheel wagons.

Defending champion Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) will lead the field into the first of two races at the flying start this evening. With 1:20.939 min he missed the 1:20 mark, but none of Gerstl’s opponents could displace the Toro Rosso STR 1 from first place. Phil Stratford (Penn Elcom Racing) starts from position 2 on the grid. Stratford once locked brakes into the Sachs corner and the Benetton then rolled through the gravel. However, he managed to get back onto the tarmac.

Johann Ledermair, who jumped in yesterday at last minute, has decided not to start today after finishing first in free practice yesterday. Regular driver Thomas Jakoubek will start for Top Speed this afternoon. Bernd Herndlhofer (Top Speed) therefore had one less opponent, with 1:29.382 he was the fastest GP2 driver in his class.

The closest to the Austrian was Monza winner Armando Mangini. The Italian was at the start in Q2, and thus had more time at his side, which the old fox also used until the last second. The experienced pilot and team owner increased steadily, and set the second fastest time in the FORMULA classification with 1:30.0 at the end of the 18 minutes, he starts the 20-minute race at 6.00 pm from second row.

Luca Martucci (MM International) followed his team mate Mangini on his fastest laps around the track. He started from grid position 5, and together with the fastest lady Bianca Steiner from row 3. Steiner could also increase from medium 1:30 laps to 1:30.783, with that she was in the end only 6 hundredths behind Martucci. All drivers in the longer Q2 benefited from an uninterrupted session.

Roy Glaser (Speed Center) in the black-neon-yellow car was also quickly on the way, with rank 7 the Swiss Speed Center pilot is certainly satisfied. The Swiss could be aiming for the podium in the races.

Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing) was allowed to compete in Q1 due to the withdrawal of Ledermair, but with rank 8 he is not where the German could stand. It was certainly unpleasant for Jaksch that his radio cable detached itself from the helmet during the session. His girlfriend Veronika Cichá was also angry: the Czech lost a wheel hub in her outlap and had to give up early.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) will not be satisfied either: The leader of the FORMULA standings only starts from 11th overall, but could not use the few laps in Q1 as he had hoped.

Christian Eicke and Peter Göllner (both Speed Centers) put their cars in the top 10, which is quite a surprise.

Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport) and Gianluca Ripoli (MM International) did a pirouette in the hairpin bend almost simultaneously, but both were able to continue immediately. Becker and his accident opponent from yesterday Walter Steding were on a time chase for a long time in parallel flight – Becker finished 13th behind Wolfgang Jordan, Steding 15th.

Race 1 of 2 on this fourth race weekend of the BOSS GP year starts at 18:00.

 

Photo: Daniel Glaser

Report: Race 2 Hockenheim

Man of the Race: Andreas Fiedler

At almost 30 degrees Celsius hot duels at the Hockenheimring were obligatory: Gerstl wins the OPEN class confidently, Schnitzenbaumer the FORMULA class.

The chronology of the race:

Preliminary start: 13 drivers and two female drivers entered the second race of the weekend, which demanded everything from both the drivers and the Pirelli tyres. The Austrian Thomas Jakoubek (Top Speed) did not participate like yesterday, Salvatore de Plano had to stay in hospital overnight after his crash in race one. The Italian had injured his back, but is on the road to recovery. Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A) and Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing Team) had already retired before qualifying, so there were only two starters left in the top class.

Start: From the start Ingo Gerstl set the pace. 1:25.5 min at the beginning of the race proved that there is nothing to win here for Phil Stratford in his Benetton. Gerstl said after the race: “I wanted to show at the beginning what I could do.” They stayed within a six-second margin for the whole race, at the end Gerstl crossed the finish line three seconds ahead. Stratford was pleased with Gerstl’s pace: “I’m happy to follow and feel the air turbulences, the aerodynamics, when I can drive so close to Ingo’s Toro Rosso”.

Lap 1: John Reaks had to brake across the grass, but the Briton could continue and finish last, four laps behind the leaders.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed), yesterday’s FORMULA winner, had less work today. His equal opponent de Plano was missing, so the German set the pace in the smaller class. Armando Mangini was able to keep up with Schnitzenbaumer’s speed for a while, driving 1:21 times – the Italian did not have the consistency of the German, even though Schnitzenbaumer’s shoulder hurt: “In the middle of the race I felt uncomfortable due an old operation”.

Manfred Loach wanted to bring a good result home today after retiring early yesterday due to an increased oil temperature. After a bad start the Austrian fought his way forward place by place.

Lap 2: “Piter” in the white Dallara from the World Series had to fight with the same difficulties as yesterday. Twice he stopped after the slowest part of the course, accelerating out of the hairpin – twice he was able to continue. But after four laps he drove into the pits.

The man of the race was German Andreas Fiedler in GP2, who started from 10th place and passed FORMULA driver Bianca Steiner, who had previously finished third, who was targeting on a podium as she did yesterday. A self-error led to a spin in the first race, today she made no mistakes and finished 4th in the FORMULA. “We had too much tyre pressure. At the end of the race I come closer again on Andreas. One more lap, maybe then …” Fiedler thus reached his first podium. The German with the GP2-Dallara machine became third FORMULA driver behind Schnitzenbaumer and Mangini.

Lap 6: Veronika Cicha got stuck in fourth gear, on the approach to the hairpin with almost 200 km/h. She touched the tyre bundles with her nose, but was not injured.

Lap 7: Shortly afterwards Peter Göllner parked his car in turn 2-3. The marshals worked quickly, so the safety car was able to stay in the pits today.

Last lap: Loach bets 8th in the fight to attack Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition) and spun. It was the last retirement of the race. Karl-Heinz Becker finished seventh and the almost 75-year-old achieved a sensational result.

The results of the second race of BOSS GP 2018:

OPEN

  1. Gerstl
  2. Stratford

FORMULA

  1. Schnitzenbaumer
  2. Mangini
  3. Fiedler
  4. Steiner
  5. Becker
  6. Steding
  7. Eicke
  8. Kindler
  9. Loach
  10. Reaks

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

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

FORMULA class: Ledermair is fastest at Qualifying

Johann Ledermair during Qualifying in Brno 2017.

A start grid of twelve drivers is racing the FORMULA class at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno (CZ) for season races 11 and 12. Almost all of the “usual suspects” are ranked on the top positions of the FORMULA grid after Qualifying.

Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), currently on position 3 of Championship ranking is obviously aiming for getting back to the top position of his class. At Qualifying in Brno he performed the fastest lap of the FORMULA drivers with 1:42,540 min instantly in first lap with his Dallara GP2, significantly improving his best lap time from the free practice session (1:47,561).

Ledermair was followed by Mahaveer Raghunathan (MM International Motorsport, Dallara GP2), who performed his best lap in lap 2 with 1:44,829 (gap: 2,289 sec). A real close gap of only 0,56 sec behind Raghunathan, Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) was finishing his best lap at in 1:45,388 with his Dallara GP2..

So it’s the trio of Ledermair, Raghunathan and Schnitzenbaumer, who lead the FORMULA field of the BOSS GP after Qualifying and will start from positions 3, 5 and 6 of the overall start grid. Surprisingly Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport), who showed strong and increasing performances during the last races and always taking a spot at the Top 3 trio, finished Qualifying this time on position five (1:46,502), with teammate Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport) in front of him ranked fourth of the FORMULA class at Qualifying with his best lap in 1:45,743.

 

Qualifying in Brno 2017.

Salvatore De Plano (l.) and Andreas Fiedler (r.) during Qualifying in Brno 2017.

 

On next positions followed Henk de Boer (De Boer Manx), Andreas Fiedler (H&A Racing), Peter Göllner (Speed Center), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Christian Eicke (Speed Center), Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport) and Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing).

It was Göllner, who caused two red flag phases during Qualifying, when he spun off the track twice. Nevertheless the Swiss managed to bring home a good personal lap record, which finally brought him position 11 on the start grid for the race on afternoon (start: 3:00 p.m.).

The overall results of Qualifying of FORMULA class at “Masaryk Racing Days”:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Gap (s) Laps km/h
1 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2  1:42,540 1 4 189,690
2 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Dallara Lola 1:44,829 2 2,289 4 185,548
3 888 Florian Schnitzenbaumer GER Top Speed Dallara GP2 1:45,388 3 2,848 4 184,564
4  323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:45,743 6 3,203 6 183,944
5  999 Salvatore De Plano  ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:46,502 3 3,962 7 182,633
6 136 Henk de Boer NED De Boer Manx Dallara GP2 1:48,187 3 5,647 4 179,789
7 321 Andreas Fiedler GER H&A Racing Dallara GP2 1:48,627 1 6,087 7 179,060
8 101 Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:48,954 2 6,414 6 178,523
9 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:49,237 1 6,697 2 178,061
10 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:49,748 6 7,208 8 177,231
11 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport World Series by Nissan 1:51,401 1 8,861 2 174,602
12 222  Veronika Cicha CZ H&A Racing Team Dallara GP2 1:52,067 3 9,527 4 173,564

 

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. Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed, OPEN class) once more this season owns the pole position. Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) as fastest FORMULA driver will start from position 3, still in front of OPEN class driver Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing Team) on position 4.

 

Result Qualifying Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

Result Qualifying Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

 

This is the complete start 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.

 

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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/

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

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

FORMULA class: Early finish for Ledermair and Fiedler, De Plano showing speed at second free practice

Second free practice in Brno 2017.

After a smooth first free practice in the morning the second free practice session went quite well again. With the exception of Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), who spun off the track after a couple of laps, all drivers drove some nice laps.

Both BOSS GP classes – OPEN and FORMULA class – went on track together for the second practice session as well. As in first free practice, Austrian Johann Ledermair was the first driver on track. All 12 FORMULA drivers followed the Austrian on track. Weather conditions in Brno were continously great: 22°, sunny and dry.

A couple of laps was done, when a the red flag slowed drivers down. It was an early finish of the practice session for Johann Ledermair , who had spun off the track with his Dallara GP2. Also Andreas Fiedler (H&A Racing) had to finish the practice early after turning on the track with his Dallara GP2.

Andreas Fiedler on track in Brno 2017.

Andreas Fiedler on track in Brno 2017.

After drivers went back on track, the further practice run smoothly and without any further crashes. Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) confirmed his great shape once more and performed the fastest lap of the FORMULA grid with 1:46,941 min in his Lola Auto GP. Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) showed a strong performance with his Dallara GP2 as well, with his fastest lap in 1:48,102. Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport) followed with a 1:48,193, having a more than close gap to his teammate De Plano of of only 0,092 seconds.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed, 1:50,248), Andreas Fiedler (Fiedler Racing, 1:51,817), Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport, 1:52,858), Peter Göllner (H&A Racing, 1:52,864), Henk de Boer (De Boer Manx, 1:54,313), Christian Eicke (Speed Center, 1:54,441), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition, 1:54,909) and Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing Team, 1:56,606) completed the grid.

Mahaveer Raghunathan on track in Brno 2017 during second free practice.

Mahaveer Raghunathan on track in Brno 2017 during second free practice.

Results of second free practice of FORMULA class at “Masaryk Racing Days”:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Gap (s) Laps km/h
1 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Dallara Lola 1:46,941 2 8 181,883
2  999  Salvatore De Plano  ITA MM International Motorsport  Dallara GP2 1:48,102 1 1,161 10 179,930
 3  323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:48,193 4 1,252 5 179,779
4 888 Florian Schnitzenbaumer GER Top Speed Dallara GP2 1:50,248 3 3,307 5 176,428
5 321 Andreas Fiedler GER Fiedler Racing Dallara GP2 1:51,817 1 4,876 1 173,952
 6 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport World Series by Nissan 1:52,858 5 5,917 6 172,348
 7 101  Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:52,858 5 5,923 6 172,338
8 136  Henk de Boer NED De Boer Manx Dallara GP2 1:54,313 9 7,372  11 170,154
9 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:54,441 6 7,500 10 169,964
10 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:54,909 10 7,968 11 169,271
11 222  Veronika Cicha CZ H&A Racing Team Dallara GP2 1:56,606 7 9,665 8 169,271
12 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2

 

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/

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

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/

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

Results second free practice in Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

Results second free practice in Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

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08/09/2017

FORMULA class: Raghunathan shows fastest lap during first free practice

Mahaveer Raghunathan raced fastest lap time during first free practice of the race weekend in Brno 2017.

12 drivers had registered for the BOSS GP FORMULA class at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno (CZ). Season races 10 and 11 will take place at the circuit in the southeast of Czechia. The first free practice was scheduled on Friday morning (7th of September) at 11:00 a.m. It was a smooth practice session under best conditions.

Both BOSS GP classes – OPEN and FORMULA class – went on track together for the practice session. Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) went on track first. With the exception of Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), due to technical issues, all other FORMULA drivers followed the Austrian on track. Weather conditions in Brno are great: 17°, sunny and dry.

One red flag phase slowed drivers down after a couple of legs, when local hero Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing Team) spun off the track with her Dallara GP2. But finally drivers tested the circuit with Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) finally racing the fastest lap of the FORMULA grid on the 5.403 km long track with an 1:44,907 min with his Lola Auto GP.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer back on track in Brno 2017.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer back on track in Brno 2017.

Raghunathan, staying seven laps on track, was followed by Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) with a best lap time in 1:45,855 min. The German is back on track after not racing the races in Zolder (July) and Assen (August) and was showing a good performance during his nine laps on track during first free practice in Brno. Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) completed the trio of the fastest FORMULA drivers at the practice session with a best lap time of 1:47,561.

Johann Ledermair finished first free practice as third fastest driver in Brno 2017.

Johann Ledermair finished first free practice as third fastest driver in Brno 2017.

Andreas Fiedler (Fiedler Racing), Peter Göllner (Speed Center), Henk de Boer (De Boer Manx), Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport), Christian Eicke (Speed Center) and Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing Team) completed the grid with their best lap times. Since time transponders of currently overall ranked second of the FORMULA class, Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport), as well as Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport), ranked fourth at the overall standings, didn’t work properly, results are not completed.

It can be assumed, that Walter Steding, not taking part in the first free practice session, will be on track for the second free practice, which starts at 4:00 p.m. and will run 25 minutes.

Results of first free practice of FORMULA class at “Masaryk Racing Days”:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) In Gap (s) Laps km/h
1 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Dallara Lola 1:44,907 5 7 185,410
2 888 Florian Schnitzenbaumer GER Top Speed Dallara GP2 1:45,855 5 0,948 9 183,749
3 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:47,561 3 2,654 3 180,835
4 321 Andreas Fiedler GER Fiedler Racing Dallara GP2 1:49,586 1 4,679 3 177,493
 5 101  Peter Göllner SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:50,574 6  5,667 8 175,908
 6 136  Henk de Boer NED De Boer Manx Dallara GP2  1:52,078  1  7,171  3  173,547
 7 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport World Series by Nissan  1:52,299 8  7,392 8  173,205
 8 555 Christian Eicke SUI Speed Center Dallara GP2 1:53,457 6  8,550 8 171,438
 9 222  Veronika Cicha CZ H&A Racing Team Dallara GP2 2:03,657 2  18,750 2 157,296
 10  323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2
 11  999  Salvatore De Plano  ITA MM International Motorsport  Dallara GP2

 

MORE:

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

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

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/

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

Results first free practice Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

Results first free practice Brno 2017, FORMULA class.

08/09/2017