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Ingo Gerstl catches first win with his Toro Rosso STR1

The 5th BOSS GP race weekend on the TT Circuit Assen (NED) started on Saturday with something totally unexpected. First of all home boy Klaas Zwaart (NED) showed up again with his Jaguar R5 in order to compete against Ingo Gerstl`s Toro Rosso STR1 in the OPEN class of the BOSS GP and he immediately set the pace and fastest lap time overall in FP1. However, he was not able to do a fast lap in qualifying and due to further technical difficulties he had to retire from the grid for race 1. With Peter Milavec and his rebuilt ChampCar fitted with a new Judd 4.2 V10 engine together with Philippe Haezebrouck, who piloted a Zele-Racing Auto GP car, two more pilots were competing in the OPEN class this time. Gerstl with his Toro Rosso started the 1st race from P3, showed a superb performance and granted his first overall victory this season. Milavec finished 2nd in the class and Phillippe Haezebrouck caught a podium spot with a gap of 19 seconds.

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In the FORMULA class the ongoing infight between the Austrian youngster Johann Ledermaier and his toughest contender Jakub Smiechowski from Poland faced another shift. Smiechowski was the fastest man in the qualifying, set his car on pole position and also hit the first corner after the rolling start on P1. Still in lap 2 Ledermaier had a big multi-turn spun before the last chicane and had to stop his car in the run-off-area. This incident cleared the way for the Polish GP2 driver and he celebrated his third win in a row. In addition he took over the lead in the FORMULA Championship for the first time this season.

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The German Florian Schnitzenbaumer who showed a constant increasing form curve since the beginning of the season also took advantage from Ledermaier`s mistake and controlled P2. A drive-through penalty (which finally wasn’t showing for him) pushed Schnitze back towards the end of the race and suddenly his team mate Wolfgang Jaksch was catching the second position until the last lap. Schnitzenbaumer was pushing to get his position back and attacked his German team mate in the last lap, unfortunately they both crashed with the result that both drivers were out of the race. The big winners of this incident were Henk de Boer and Armando Mangini, who could not grasp their luck when they entered the finish line as second and third.

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Veronika Cicha, the Czech female driver, also caught her best position this season with a 4rd place followed by Christian Eicke. Wolfgang Jaksch and Florian Schnitzenbaumer were still classified on P6 and P8 and could gain at least a few points for the championship as well. Jens Renstrup and Peter Göllner completed the arriving field with P7 and P9.

The MASTERS class faced another tight battle between the two German swashbucklers Hans Laub and Karl-Heinz Becker. With a 4,9 sec gap it was Laub, who finally triumphed again over his permanent rival Becker. P3 went again to Walter Steding.

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Race 2 on Sunday afternoon will not only be supported by approximately 90.000 racing fans, but it will be also interesting to witness, how the fast and unlucky guys from today – while starting from the end of the grid – will be able and willing to plow throughout the field. Race 2 will be started according to the placements of Race1.

BOSS GP – always a dramatic spectacle for all pure racing fans!

First BOSS GP F1 battle this season

90.000 fans will witness the first BOSS GP F1 battle this season featuring Klaas Zwart (NED) and Ingo Gerstl (AUT)!

The GAMMA Racing Day in Assen (NED) evolved within the last years to Europe`s biggest multi-class motorsport event! Last year more than 80.000 fans flocked to the legendary TT-Circuit and witnessed all kinds of high class motorsport from different 2-, 3- and 4-wheel race series. One of the top highlights of this year’s line-up will be the BOSS GP Championship races no. 9 and 10 of the 2015 season.

After Klaas Zwart gave green light to deploy his Jaguar F1 again, today the Austrian driver Ingo Gerstl also confirmed, that his stunning Toro Rosso STR1 will be ready to be launched in Assen. For the first time this year all fans are able to witness a true battle between two of the fastest, ever built F1 cars with their original Cosworth V10 engines. Not less-interesting will be also the long awaited return of Austrian Peter Milavec in his completely new rebuilt Panoz DP01 Champcar, now fitted with a strong 4.2l Judd V10 engine. High Speed, extreme noise and spectacular motorsport can be already guaranteed!

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The FORMULA Class, currently lead by the Austrian Johann Ledermair became also again more thrilling as his direct contender Jakub Smiechowski shortened the gap between himself and Ledermair to only 8 points. Smiechowski won both races in Zolder and he will be extremely focused in order to increase pressure on the Austrian youngster. While the French Superleague driver Christopher Brenier have to make a break for this event, his closest competitors, the German pilots Wolfgang Jaksch and Florian Schnitzenbaumer for sure push to pedal to the metal in their GP2’s and will fight for the 3rd position in the Championship ranking. It will be interesting to follow their individual performances in Assen as none of the two have ever raced there before. But this might be an advantage for the current holder of P6, Henk de Boer. He could be the big beneficiary as he knows the TT race track and he will be definitely highly motivated facing his huge home crowd on known terrain. The Czech female driver Veronika Cicha travels to the Netherlands being still the big surprise in the 2015 BOSS GP season. The first ever female driver in the BOSS GP series finished to date every single race and holds currently a remarkable P7 in the Championship ranking.

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The MASTERS Class opens a further chapter on the never ending duel between the two German ‘evergreens’ Hans Laub and Karl-Heinz Becker. Both drivers caught exactly the same points in Zolder and the gap between the leader Becker and his follower Laub is still 16 points. The tight battle might be even last to the final two races of the season in Dijon, if not one of the two will become nervous and could be already affected by an unforced error during the races in Assen. If so, even P3 holder Walter Steding (GER) might still have a slight chance to sneak between the two`s. His back log is recently 29 points and he will definitely try everything to keep the gap as close as possible.

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The GAMMA Racing Day in Assen is truly one of an event nobody should miss, when it comes to exciting motorsport in front of an unbeatable crowd of cheering motorsport fans. All BOSS GP pilots will be highly pumped up to show their best performance in front of the expected ~90.000 fans joining this spectacular race weekend on August 1st and 2nd.

BOSS GP – Where The Big Boys and Girls Playing!

Smiechowski defied all weather tricks and caught a double header in Zolder!

Race 1

As predicted the weather god showed again his two faces during both sunday races of the BOSS GP series in Belgium. While the track was still dry when the pit lane opened for race 1, the conditions were changing already on the starting grid. Rainfall set in and the race director declared a wet race before the formation lap. All teams were forced to change tires before the safety car guided the cars into the formation lap. Jakub Smiechowski (POL), already the fastest racer in qualifying, seemed to find the best setup and mindset for the tricky conditions and he lead the entire field from start to finish. His lap times were truely impressive and he unquestionably deserved his first win this season.

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Johann Ledermair (AUT) was not able to keep up the pace in the wet and he gave up chasing Smiechowski in order to bringing his car home safely on P2 –  still collecting valuable points to keep the lead in the championship. Christopher Brenier (FRA) also manifested his 3rd place in the championship with a faultless P3 podium ride on the wet track. Florian Schnitzenbaumer (GER) again wanted to attack the leader group, but a water temperature problem as well as a spin at the beginning of the race increased the gap to the three leaders and he was only able to defend his 4th position during the race.

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P5 went to Wolfgang Jaksch (GER), who seems to have a good feeling for his GP2 in the rain. He gained 3 positions as he started from P8. P6 was credited to Gilles Brenier, who despite having a hard curb hit in chicane 1, finished the race with pain in his upper body. He was unfortunately not able to compete in race 2. P7 was enough for Hans Laub (GER) to again receive the Masters class trophy as he secured his third consecutive victory. Karl-Heinz Becker and the third Masters class pilot Walter Steding followed on P8 and P9, all three completed the Masters podium spots 1,2 and 3. Christian Eicke also brought again his GP2 back home in the pits on P10 and Veronika Cicha (CZE) finished her first wet race ever with her pink GP2 on P11. Peter Göllner (SUI) completed the classification finishing on P12. Not classified were PETER, Armando Mangini and Henk de Boer.

 

Race 2

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After a break of 4 hours, the entire conditions on the notorious ciruit Terlaemen changed again and the sun quickly dried off the track in preparation for a fast and furious challenge of the entire BOSS GP formula car field. Already right after the rolling start Florian Schnitzenbaumer pushed too hard into turn 1 and crashed in the back of Johann Ledermair`s GP2. While the German had to retire his car due to the complete loss of his front wing, Johann Ledermair was able to continue the race. However it was again Jakub Smiechowski (POL), who drove an almost lonesome and faultless race and he triumphed also in race 2 without any doubts. With his 2nd win this weekend the tackle for the championship is again on with his rival Ledermair (AUT), who also finished race 2 on P2. The gap after the Belgium Superprix races between the Austrian leader and his Polish contender melted down to only 8 points with still 3 events, 6 races and a maximum of 150 points to go.

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Another podium spot was caught by Christopher Brenier (FRA), who steadily guided his Superleague Formula V12 through the fast turns and tricky chicanes of the circuit. Henk de Boer, still retired in race 1, came from all the way behind and utilized his experience on the Zolder track to finish on P4 followed by the German pilot Wolfgang Jaksch. Jaksch lost his 5th position in the starting grid as he stalled the engine at the beginning of the formation lap and was not able to regain his position before the rolling start. He also had to come from all the way back and overtook car by car finally finishing again on P5 this weekend. The fastest Masters class car in race 2 was driven by Karl Heinz Becker (GER), who finally passed Hans Laub again after seeing only his tail for the last three races. Armando Mangini (ITA) showed a good performance in race 2 and finished on P7. Hans Laub (GER) saw the checkered flag on P8 and he earned another 22 points for the Masters championship ranking. The German Christian Eicke positioned his GP2 on rank 9 followed by Walter Steding, who also earned a podium spot in the Masters class. Peter Göllner and Veronika Cicha completed the classified field with P11 and P12. The Czech female driver was admittedly faster than the two contenders in front of her but the surplus on speed was not enough to pass the two Masters driver during the race.

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The BOSS GP Belgium Superprix is now already history and the series is preparing for the next race weekend on 1st & 2nd of August at the legendary TT Circuit of Assen in the Netherlands.

The GAMMA RACING DAY event is the biggest combined motorsport event in Europe with spectacular car, superbike, superkart and sidecar races incl. European and World Championship heats, plus Team Toro Rosso F1 and Moto GP demonstration show.

All drivers and teams will expect a crowd of more than 80.000 spectators. Stay focused for more news soon…

Smiechowski strikes back in the qualifying session for the BOSS GP Belgium Superprix!

The Polish pilot Jakub Smiechowski, currently 2nd in the BOSS GP Championship ranking, was the measure of all things in Saturday`s qualifying session in Zolder. Under dry conditions with cloudy sky he knocked out his pole position time already in lap 3 of the qualifying session with a 1:18,061! Johann Ledermair, the current leader, tried everything to reach this benchmark, but he finally ended up 5/10 of a second behind and finished P2. Florian Schnitzenbaumer (GER), who also casted an eye at fighting for the pole, was finally classified on P3 with a gap of 2 sec behind the pole setter Smiechowski.

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The biggest step from yesterday`s free practice sessions to today`s qualifying was performed by the French driver Christopher Brenier. He challenged Schnitzenbaumer and got quicker with every lap. With a slight backlog of 3/10 of a second he achieved P4 and will start in tomorrow`s race 1 from the second row. Henk de Boer confirmed his strong performance from the free practices and manifested his 5th position. P6 went to Gilles Brenier, who also improved dramatically comparing to the Friday sessions. The Team Italia pilot Armando Mangini needed some laps to adopt to the track but again he surprised the crowd with a huge time advancement and he caught P7 for tomorrows starting grid. Wolfgang Jaksch (GER) got classified on P8 and finished the qualifying behind his personal expectations.

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The fastest Masters car was again steered by the German Hans Laub, who left the GP2 driver Christian Eicke right behind and will start the race from P9. P10 and 2nd on the Masters class grid was Walter Steding who showed a superb qualifying performance in his Mad-Croc Worldseries by Renault 3.5, P11 goes to the experienced German Karl-Heinz Becker followed by Veronika Cicha (CZE), who also needed some time to learn the difficult track and get used to the fast corners and the tricky chicanes of the Terlaemen circuit. However, her improving lap times towards the end of the qualifying session lead to the fact, that she will be highly motivated to pass some of her male contenders in tomorrow’s races and collect again valuable points for the Championship ranking. BOSS GP returnee Peter Göllner finished P14 with his Renault World Series 3.5. The Renault from Peter`s Racing team couldn’t participate in the qualifying session due to technical problems with the paddle-shift system.

Wet and dry conditions during free practice sessions in Zolder

The race track in Zolder is quiet famous for it`s freak weather conditions and the BOSS GP series had to face this aggravated circumstance during their 2 free practice sessions on Friday afternoon. 20 min before FP1 rainfall set in and all teams had to quickly change tires and setup`s in order to pay tribute to the fast changing situation. Finally 13 cars went out on the meanwhile wet track. From the beginning it was Florian Schnitzenbaumer (GER), who set the pace with his Dallara GP2. He delivered an astonishing performance during the 20 minutes session and entered the pitlane with the best lap time (1:41, 572) followed by the Polish driver Jakub Smiechowski and the French pilot Christopher Brenier. P4 went to Wolfgang Jaksch (GER), who also showed his driving skills in the wet and he finished only 0,4 sec behind Brenier. The current Championship leader Johann Ledermair (AUT) reached P5 followed by the first and fastest driver of the Masters Class, Walter Steding (GER) with his Renault 3,5l World Series car. Further top 10 ranking in FP1: P7 Henk de Boer, P8 Karl-Heinz Becker, P9 Gilles Brenier, P10 Christian Eicke!

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After a 90 minutes break FP 2 was scheduled and the conditions changed in the meantime. The rain stopped right after FP1 and the track dried off pretty quickly. 15 cars joined the training session with slicks and a dry setup. Johann Ledermair (AUT) immediately took over the initiative and nailed a 1:22 lap time in the asphalt. Florian Schnitzenbaumer for the first time broke into the phalanx of the Austrian driver and his direct contender Smiechowski and stopped the car in the pits on P2 with a final 1:23,201! Smiechowski ended up on P3 with a gap of 1,1 sec  behind Schnitzenbaumer. Ledermair improved his best time in his last fast lap again as he passed the checkered flag with a 1:21,328!. Christopher Brenier was not only fast in the wet, his Superleague Formula V12 is always a candidate for a podium spot and after FP 2 the French driver could be truly satisfied with P4. P5 went to Henk de Boer, he did a big step from the wet to the dry practice. Wolfgang Jaksch (GER) finished P6 after being only out on track for 3 counted laps.

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The current Masters leader Hans Laub, who was not able to join FP1 due to a technical problem (break line), confirmed again his current „run“ with P7 overall and fastest Masters car and he left his follower Karl-Heinz Becker directly behind himself. P9 went to Gilles Brenier (FRA) and Armando Mangini (ITA) completed the top 10 of FP2 with his Dallara GP2.

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The results of both free practices show a further tendency towards closer results and the grudge match between Ledermair and Smiechowski seem to extend as Florian Schnitzenbaumer has definitely joined the club here in Zolder. However, the „freaky“ weather forecast for the weekend in Zolder may throw all the predictions into disarray.

BOSS GP is heading to Zolder for the Syntix Superprix!

Race 7 and 8 are scheduled for the BOSS GP Series. In the celebration of the Syntix Superprix, the fastest, loudest and most spectacular Formula Racing Series in Europe presents itself at the history-charged racetrack in the Limburg area of Belgium. The 4,011 km, naturally designed circuit Terlaemen was challenged by almost every existing racing series worldwide since it`s completion in 1963. With its own characteristic fast turns and the renowned „Sacramentsheuvel“ this Belgian circuit is truly one of a kind and all racing fans can expect again thrilling side by side fights, overtaking manoeuvers  and pure racing action  during the 2 planned races for the weekend.

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The recent championship leader Johann Ledermair (AUT) will definitely be ready and highly motivated to defense his top rank after three wins in a row. Can Jakub Smiechowski (POL) get back his consistent pace in the long runs in order to challenge Ledermair? The two youngest and to date fastest BOSS GP pilots will have to confirm, whether they are again able to conquer the top positions on the podium. Florian Schnitzenbaumer (GER), the experienced German race car driver has already proven, that his move this year from a Formula 3 to a much stronger and faster GP2 can be done without any considerable difficulties. His performance curve shows upwards with every race and he feels more confident already to further close the gap towards the two recent top pilots.

Henk de Boer, who was still handicapped by a flu during the season opener in Hockenheim is gaining speed with every race since then and he is facing a direct positioning fight with the German newcomer Wolfgang Jaksch, who, similar to Schitzenbaumer, changed this year his 2.0l Formula Master car to the high performance Dallara GP2. The recent gap in the championship ranking between these two drivers (Jaksch P5 and de Boer P6) is only 1 single point and the two races will become important events for both drivers in order to either consolidate their positions or change the ranks and lose contact to the leaders.

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The Superleague Formula driver Christopher Brenier (FRA), together with his father Gilles (FRA), will also restart their V12 engines after a break for the Monza event. Christopher is recently on P4 in the championship, 10 points behind Schnitzenbaumer and two points ahead of Wolfgang Jaksch, Gilles is well positioned in the midfield with 34 points on his account. Both drivers are always good for a steady and fast race and specially Christopher Brenier will try everything to put pressure on Florian Schnitzenbaumer and try to win back the podium spot in the championship.

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Veronika Cicha, the fast Czech pilot and the only woman in BOSS GP, recently classified on P7 in the Formula ranking, will try to close the gap to Henk de Boer, who is ahead of her by 11 points. Becoming faster with every race, Veronika shows an incredible consistency in her first BOSS GP season as she finished to date all 6 previous races by always earning valuable points for the overall standings. The entire organization is proud of having the only woman right now challenging male drivers in such a fast, strong and powerful formula class with her pink beast, the Dallara GP2 from Team Top Speed.

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Ingo Gerstl, the Top Speed team owner, gave a great show in Monza with the first roll out of his Toro Rosso STR1 and all Tifosi went crazy on the Italian race track, whenever Gerstl passed the finished line with an incredible sound and more than 340km/h. Right now it is not sure, whether he is able to participate in Zolder as he is still constantly working together with his engineers and mechanics in order to complete all necessary maintenance, setup and engine performance tests to guarantee reliability over a full race distance.

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In the Masters Class we will again face the head to head fight between the current leader Karl-Heinz Becker (GER) and his direct chaser Hans Laub (GER). Laub put down a marker in Monza with two wins a row and he truly demonstrated, that he will not yield the floor to Becker without fighting till the last race. Walter Steding, currently P3 overall, who surprised in Monza with two podium spots (P2 and P3), still has contact to the two leaders with a gap of 22 points. Two good results in Zolder and he could reduce the backlog, if one of the current leaders becomes nervous or cannot finish a race at all.

 

BOSS GP in Zolder, Belgium! Pure adrenalin for all drivers and even more for all spectators – witnessing the sound, power and speed of all the GP2, Superleague Formula, Renault World Series 3.5 and the just slightly less powered Formula Nissan 3.0! See you on the track J!

The long trip from Los Angeles paid off this weekend for Phil Stratford (USA)

Phil Stratford, the californian GP2 driver came all the way from the pacific coast to Monza to participate at one of his favorite tracks for the third BOSS GP race weekend. He already indicated in race 1, that he felt comfortable and motivated this weekend to claim a podium spot for himself. While finishing P7 in race 1, his pace and lap times were already quiet promising and he finally showed all fans a feisty race 2 and fought from his starting position 7 to P3, a pretty well earned podium for him. The long trip definitely paid off and he will take a valuable Monza trophy back home to the west coast!

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With his third win in a row Johann Ledermair (AUT) seems to be the current benchmark in the BOSS GP series. A sovereign wire to wire gave his direct rival Jakub Smiechowski (POL) no chance to take home a winner trophy from Italy. The Polish pilot again finshed P2 and tries to stay connected to the Austrian leader with a gap of 14 points after both Monza races.

Florian Schnitzenbaumer (GER), still P3 in race 1, could manage to leave the first chicane after the rolling start on his starting position P3 and got later on confused by a marshal signal with his number on. He had the impression, that a stop and go penalty was declared and entered the pit lane. Unfortunately the signal was not ment for him, so he left the pit lane again but lost quiet a lot of positions and ended up finishing on P7. Overall still a very successful weekend for him as he climbed up on the series ranking from P5 to P3.

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His Top Speed team mate Wolfgang Jaksch (GER) was able to leave the mishap from race 1 behind and he showed a very brave and exciting race catching up from starting position 14 to finally P5! He earned enough points this weekend to elevate from P7 to P5 in the current championship ranking.

Veronika Cicha (CZE), the female power of BOSS GP, seems to be the consistency in person. She finished also race 6 of her still young career in a GP2 formula car and gained three positions in the second Monza race. She passed the checkered flag on P9 overall and climbed on overall P7 leaving already 11 male pilots behind her in the current ranking. Her development in this male-dominated series is astonishing and we can definitely expect further improvement in the upcoming races.

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Probably the most unlucky driver this weekend was Armando Mangini, the Italian hometown boy. After finishing race 1 on Saturday in 5th place, he threw away his second race on P3 as he spun out towards the end of the race in the second chicane and was not able to restart the car. The same misfortune overtook Jens Renstrup (DEN), who lost control over his GP2 in the ‘Parabolica’. Luckily he could manage to go back on track and got still classified on P9.

A surprising performance was given by the Dutch driver Henk de Boer. He could convince the crowd already in race 1 with a steady 6th place and he even improved this result in race 2 with an outstanding and faultless race finishing 4th. Another consistent effort was shown by the Swiss driver Christian Eicke. He gained overall 19 points this weekend and demonstrated his best personal achievement in this season so far.

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The MASTERS class in Monza was dominated by the German experienced player Hans Laub. He was simply invincible this weekend and won both races without any doubts. Karl-Heinz Becker (GER), his closest rival for the Championship, on Saturday still on P4 climbed on the podium in race 2 finishing 2nd, Walter Steding earned another podium spot on the Sunday race with P3. The classement was completed by Wolfgang Jordan (GER) on P4, Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA) on P5 and Martin Kindler (SUI) on P6.

Stay tuned for the next BOSS GP race weekend!! The races will take place in Zolder/Belgium on the occasion of the spectacular Syntix Superprix event, June 21st!

Race 1 in Monza starts with safety car

After a quiet nice and sunny day in Monza, the weather god created some confusion right at the beginning of the BOSS GP Race 1. Whereas the formtion lap could be still finished in dry conditions, the rolling race start faced rain drops in some of the sections of the track. The safety car therefore kept being on the track for two more laps in order  to control the tricky situation. As the rain did not get stronger the race could be declared and finally started in almost dry conditions.

The polesetter Johann Ledermair (AUT) set the pace right after the start and controlled his leading position during the entire race. The polish contender Jakub Smiechowski was not able to put ongoing pressure on Ledermair even if he set the fastest lap in the race. He finished safely on P2 followed by the newcomer Florian Schnitzenbaumer (GER) from Team Top Speed. The German pilot earned the first podium with his GP2 already on his third race weekend. Ingo Gerstl again utilized race 1 to perform some installation laps out of the pit lane with his Torro Rosso STR1 and he feels confident, that he will soon find the correct setup and performance to compete over a race distance. The incredible speed and sound of this car created so much excitement among the spectators and guests of the BOSS GP organization.

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Jens Renstrup (DEN), who was also very stable during the Friday and Saturday sessions finished P4. The Italian driver Armando Mangini confirmed again his exceptional performance from the two free practices and the qualifying session and finished P5 followed by Henk de Boer from the Netherlands. He might be a bit dissapointed to not reach the podium on his home race, however his pace and consistency was remarkable. Wolfgang Jaksch was again unlucky this race as the water temparature in his GP2 dropped down right after the rolling start and he needed to make a pit stop after a very slow lap one to reset the failure. He kept going and even, if he was already outlapped twice, he was able to become classified on the last position with the 5th best lap time of the race.

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Veronika Cicha (CZE) started the race from P14 and could again gain two position finishing on the 12th position. It was the fifth time in five races, that the only woman in BOSS GP not only finished another race but furthermore left again some of her male opponents behind her. Her trend of closing the time gap to the faster guys in front of her is truely visible, her race speed is increasing step by step and her consistency is a big surprise. She alredy benefits from collecting ongoing experience with head to head fights after competing for the last 4 years of consecutive hill climb racing.

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The MASTERS class was again dominated by the German pilot Hans Laub followed by Walter Steding (GER). The podium was completed by Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA). Karl Heinz Becker, always a candidate fort he podium was also affected by some technical problems and was not able to reach a podium spot in Race 1.