The new BOSS GP season has started with a bang, as 2013 double champion Gary Hauser, who has returned to the series for this year, set the fatest time in the opening free practice at Hockenheim.
The Luxembourg-born driver lapped the renowned German track in his Dallara GP2 in 1:46,079 minutes, an incredible 1.2 seconds faster than Frenchman Christopher Brenier. Austria’s Peter Milavec was quickest Open Class driver on P5, while defending champion Klaas Zwart only placed his R5 F1-Cosworth 3.0 V10 on P10.
The second free practice session starts at 4:35 pm local time. Temperatures are said to rise, which would mean quicker lap times.
The 2016 BOSS GP Championship starts with the traditional season opener in Hockenheim
Thousands of motorsport enthusiasts and petrol heads will travel to Hockenheim to celebrate racing at the ‚Hockenheim Historic‘, held in memory of double Formula One World Champion Jim Clark, who suffered a lethal crash at the track in 1968.
BOSS GP ‚The Fastest Race Series In Europe‘ is again part of this unique motorsport experience at the renowned race track near Heidelberg, where more than 500 race cars will entertain the fans over the weekend.
Different to last season, BOSS GP has concentrated forces and will now run the OPEN class and the FORMULA class. In the OPEN class, Formula One and Champ respectively IndyCars will battle for Silverware and Championship points while in the Formula Class mainly GP2, World Series by Renault and Superleague Formula cars will fight for podium places.
OPEN class Champion, Dutchman Klaas Zwaart (Jaguar R5) will try to defend his title against his closest contenders, Austrian Ingo Gerstl (Toro Rosso STR1) and Peter Milavec (Panoz DP01 Champcar). This years FORMULA class promises an exciting battle for the podium spots. 2013 double-Champion Gary Hauser from Luxembourg will give his comeback this weekend. 23 cars including 6! F1’s are on the entry list for this race which is also the biggest grid of all opening rounds in BOSS racing history (since 1995).
In 2016, BOSS GP will be competing at seven different European venues, holding 14 races in total. Hockenheim will be followed by the Red Bull Ring in May. The other tracks are Nurburgring, Monza, Assen, Brno and Imola.
The BOSS GP drivers cannot wait to push the pedal to the metal for a spectacular season opener full of Highspeed, Power and Noise.
Austrian Top Speed pilot Ingo Gerstl had a very unlucky weekend in his Toro Rosso F1. While Gertsl secured the pole position in the Qualifying with a fantastic time of 1:02.421s, he wasn’t able to finish race 1 and didn’t event start in race 2. In addition he had to give up his title hopes and finished third in the overall OPEN rankings.
But all this didn’t stopped him set another track record. With a time of 1:02.985s Gerstl was able to beat the old record (1:04.876s) of the new BOSS GP OPEN 2015 champion Klaas Zwart and set a new official track record for Dijon.
Side note: For the less motorsport affine fans, only lap times that are driven in real races are counted as official track records.
The grand finale of the BOSS GP Championship is coming up. Next weekend, motorsport fans can expect a highly dramatic conclusion of the BOSS GP 2015 season in Dijon, France.
With a field of 25 cars and an open title fight in all three classes this year’s finale is as exciting as never before. In the OPEN class Ingo Gerstl (97pt.), Klaas Zwart (90pt.) and Peter Milavec (84pt.) are fighting for the title.
In the FORMULA class, Johann Ledermair (259pt) is hoping to take the title of defending champion Jakub Smiechowski (267pt) and like last year, Hans Laub (255pt.) and Karl-Heinz Becker (245pt.) going to decide the MASTERS Title between them.
With so tight scores, every mistake could cost you the title, excitement is guaranteed.
Additionally, we may expect a new Dijon track record. The current record of 1:04.876 min. is held by no one less than Klaas Zwart himself in his Jaguar R5. But with Ingo Gerstl and his Toro Rosso STR1 in top condition, Klaas Zwart should definitely be worried.
But Zwart’s Jaguar and Gerstl’s Toro Rosso aren’t the only spectacular F1 cars the fans may enjoy this weekend. Frenchman Didier Sirgue enters he track for the first time with his freshly acquired 2011 Williams FW33 F1 and is ready the make the life of Gerstl, Zwart and Milavec even more difficult.
Last but not least we are proud to introduce a new challenger in the Masters class, Vice British F3 Cup Champion Stuart Wiltshire.
Ingo Gerstl is officially the fastest man on „Masarykův okruh“. In today’s first race Gerstl was not only able to score his third victory in a row, but he also smashed the five year old Brno Circuit lap record of the Italian IndyCar pilot Luca Filippi (1:43.260 min) by more than 4 seconds. From now on the new official lap time is 1:39.093 min, with an average speed of 196.3 km/h. Congratulations Ingo!!!
But thats not the end of the story. In a breath-taking stunning battle up to the last corner, the former lap record was also beaten by multi-time BOSS Champion Klaas Zwart in his ex-Mark Webber Jaguar R5. Zwart finally finished second with only 0.567sec gap to Gerstl. Though Zwart wasn’t able to fully compete with Gerstl’s time, he is the one who is still holding the outright lap record on the „Circuit de Dijon-Prenois“, the BOSS GP season final race track. Without any doubt we can see an upcoming challenge there.
Race results: Brno Results
BOSS GP – BRNO – HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:
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It is less than a month ago that the BOSS GP entertained thousands of fans on the Gamma Racing Days in Assen and we are already going into the next round. This time motosport fans in the czech republic can look forward to the race cars of the BOSS GP. The BOSS GP Ensemble comes back to Brno on September 5 and is going properly scorch the tarmac of the „Masarykův okruh“.
Fans can once again look forward to a battle between Ingo Gerstl in his Toro Rosso STR1 – F1 and Klaas Zwart in his Jaguar R5 – F1. Especially Klaas Zwart is excited to show that he can compete with Gerstl after he had to struggle with technical difficulties in Assen and was not able to fight for the victory.
This event is also a special highlight for „First Lady“ of the BOSS GP Veronika Cicha. The only Czech BOSS GP pilot is going drive in front of her local audience for the first time, where she is expected with anticipation by many fans, guests and press representatives.
The Formula Class is not going to be less exciting. With his retirement in the first race in Assen, the austrian Johann Ledermair lost a lot of points and so his polish follower Jakub Smiechowski was able to pass him and take the lead in the Formula Class. Both pilots need to show their best performance now, the smallest mistake in Brno could make the Formula title nearly unreachable in the season finale in Dijon.
Last but not least, there is also a new pilot to be welcomed. The Italian Salvatore De Plano (Team Italy – Nannini Racing) is going shake up the Formula Class in his Dallara GP2 and thus be celebrating his BOSS GP debut in Brno.
In case you missed the spectacular Assen Grand Prix, check out our Assen Video Coverage.
Invited by the management of Slovakiaring to be the main attraction of the ‘National Race Weekend’ at Slovakiaring near Bratislava, Ingo Gerstl and Wolfgang Jaksch from Team Top Speed performed an exhibition on Sunday, August 23rd with their current BOSS GP race cars, a Toro Rosso F1 STR1 and a Dallara GP2/08.
The event started with an autograph session, which was also joined by Veronika Cicha (CZE), currently the only GP2 female pilot worldwide racing in an official FIA series – beside several other Eastern European pilots from all kinds of FIA racing series.
After signing hundreds of autographs, it was Wolfgang Jaksch who opened the formula showcase by performing some show laps with his GP2 around the widely open race track under the eyes of thousands of racing fans. After coming back safely to the pits, Team Top Speed started up the V10 of Ingo Gerstl`s Toro Rosso STR1 and the entire crowd stood up from their seats as he accelerated the car out of the pit lane. It was almost kind of nostalgic for all fans to see and furthermore hear this incredible engine and power and witnessing live, that the most powerful ever built F1 cars are still running and can be seen in an official racing series! The final highlight was a head to head comparison between F1 and GP2 as both pilots went on track and fired up their engines on the two long straights side by side.
The feedback after the showcase was incredible and many fans promised to come and see the next BOSS GP racing weekend live in Brno (CZE) on September 5th and 6th.
The next possibility to see a GP2 live in an exhibition will be already next weekend in Most (CZE) in the celebration of the FIA Czech Truck Prix. Veronika Cicha will show some fast laps with her „pink beast“ and she will also pilot a Rally Race Taxi on the „Polygon“ beside the main circuit in Most.