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BOSS GP season takes off at Hockenheim’s Jim Clark Revival

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.

Stay tuned!

BOSS GP Champions 2015

Congratulations to the BOSS GP Champions 2015 !

Impressions from the Season Finale in France: DIJON – MOTORS CUP

 

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Klaas Zwart
Ascari Racing
1
Peter Milavec
GP Racing
2
Ingo Gerstl
Top Speed
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Formula Top 3
Johann Ledermair
Ledermair Motorsport
1
Jakub Smiechowski
Inter Europol Competition
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Masters Top 3
Hans Laub
Speed Center
1
Karl-Heinz Becker
Becker Motorsport
2
Walter Steding
Hoffmann Racing
3

Ingo Gerstl is the fastest man in Dijon

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.

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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.

Congratulations Ingo!

 

Side note: For the less motorsport affine fans, only lap times that are driven in real races are counted as official track records.

 

The Battle for the Championship!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Gerstl gives the Toro Rosso Wings

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!!!

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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.

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Race results:  Brno Results

BOSS GP – BRNO – HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/hshzDoaeDIw  (by H&M Automotive Videos)

 

Fight for the Formula Championship entering its penultimate round

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“.

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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.

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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.

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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.

BOSS GP F1 & GP2 show to celebrate the „Grand Prix of Slovakia“

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Videolink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmI5-maJqEU

„Bull’s Eye“ for Gerstl and his Toro Rosso F1!

Assen, Netherlands, Sunday, August 2nd, 9:00 am in the morning… Almost 90.000!! spectators were already lining the grandstands at the TT Circuit awaiting another annual GAMMA Racing day in the northern part of the Drenthe province. This one of a kind event spectacle formed a perfect framework for the 5th race of the BOSS GP Championship 2015. Due to the numerous incidents in the Saturday race, the starting grid unveiled several surprises.

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Despite Ingo Gerstl, who superiourly won Race 1 in the OPEN class, the FORMULA Class contenders Henk de Boer as well as Armando Mangini were lining up their GP2`s in the front rows right behind the Polish Championship leader Jakub Smiechowski. His closest follower, the Austrian Johann Ledermaier was forced to the end of the starting grid after a complete failure in Saturday`s race. There could be no better precondition for an exciting, dramatic and spectacular Race 2 in front of a crowd, which can`t even be beaten by a current regular Formula 1 Sunday race.

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Gerstl caught a good start and piloted his Toro Rosso STR1 smoothly and fast through the demanding layout of the TT circuit. Even if his direct opponent Klaas Zwart announced to chase him in this race in front of his home crowd, the Dutch F1 Jaguar pilot had to park the car again in the pits after a safety car stage in the middle of the race. He couldn`t manage to get his overheating problems under control. So the way was clear for the Austrian routinier who showed his high-level driving skills to finally celebrate with his team a superb „Bull`s Eye“ with 50 points out of only his 2nd race in this car, followed by another great performance of BOSS GP returnee Peter Milavec in his Judd-powered ChampCar and Philippe Haezebrouck, who was racing this weekend with an perfectly- prepared AUTO GP car from Austrian Zele-Racing team.

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The precondition in the FORMULA Class was obviously perfect for the current leader Jakub Smiechowski. His follower Johann Ledermair started far from behind and everybody expected another win from the Polish driver. Surprisingly Ledermaier caught a perfect start and overtook already several cars in the first corner and started a phenomenal chase for the pole. Finally he could manage to overtake Smiechowksi and he achieved a victory by showing his best performance this season so far.

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After the accident on Saturday, Florian Schnitzenbaumer showed the big crowd a very stable and concentrated performance and he finally earned his second podium spot this season. His teammate Wolfgang Jaksch also caught a good start and placed his car out of corner 1 right behind Henk de Boer. Lap by lap he shortened the gap and was preparing to attack the Dutch driver. An unexpected safety car stage caused by an accident stopped the chase and for 4 laps the entire field formated itself in a row. The restart 3 minutes before the end of the race ended up in another incident where the Italian Armando Mangini, Dutch driver Henk de Boer and German Wolfgang Jaksch were involved. While de Boer could slightly overtake Mangini in corner 1, Jaksch and Mangini crashed in corner 3 and spun out widely in the grass. Nevertheless both had luck, Mangini came in on P10 while Jaksch could get his engine running and reached P6, only passed by TINTIN in the last lap. Jens Renstrup finished on P7, followed by Christian Eicke and Veronika Cicha. Mangini finished on P10.

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The MASTERS class series was overshadowed by a serious accident from the German Karl-Heinz Becker. Fighting for his position he got in contact with the tire of his closest rival for the Championship Hans Laub and his car immediately flipped over and smashed into the gravel upside down. Luckily Becker could leave the heavily demolished car without any injuries and he fort the luck of all fans, driver`s and the stuff he raised his hand right after the crash. Hans Laub therefore brought home safely another MASTERS class victory and he further increased his gap in the championship ranking. P2 went to Walter Steding followed by Peter Göllner who had to change the car (and the class) for the 2nd race.

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The BOSS GP series develops itself more and more into a very competitive and furthermore spectacular and exciting international racing series. Over two days 112.000 fans were truly overwhelmed by the sound, the speed and the infights of this second to none variety of the fastest ever built formula cars.

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Next hotspot of the series will be the legendary race track in BRNO/CZ on September 5th and 6th. Without any doubt many eyes will have the focus there on Czech female driver Veronika Cicha who was also born in the near of Brno. It will be the first time ever she will compete with her Dallara GP2 in front of her home crowd.

Keep on racing and see you in South Moravia on the first weekend of September!

BOSS GP – FEEL THE POWER!