FORMULA class: Fastest lap at first free practice for Raghuanthan
September 29, 2017

11 drivers have registered for the BOSS GP FORMULA class at the “Peroni Race Weekend” in Imola (ITA) and went on track for first action on Friday morning. Season races 13 and 14 will take place at the circuit in the north-east of Italy on Saturday and Sunday. The first free practice was scheduled on Friday morning (29th of September) at 10:20 a.m. It was a smooth practice session under great conditions.

Both BOSS GP classes – OPEN and FORMULA class – went on track together for the practice session. Weather conditions in Imola are great: 17°, sunny and dry.

With the exception of one red flag phase, due to a spun off the track by Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), practice turned out well and ran smoothly. Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) showed the fastest performance of the FORMULA class at the first practice session on the 4,909 km long track with a lap time of 1:31,968 min in his Lola Auto GP.

Salvatore De Plano on track in Imola 2017.

Salvatore De Plano (l.) on track in Imola 2017, followed by Florian Schnitzenbaumer.


Raghunathan, staying twelve laps on track, was followed sharply, with a enormous close gap of just 0,018 sec, by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) with a best lap time in 1:31,986 min. The Italian showed a good performance in his Dallara GP2. Highly ambitious, the local hero racing in Imola wants to “push, push, push”. It was Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), who completed the trio on top of the grid. With 1:32,702 min he showed the third fastest time of the FORMULA class during first free practice in his Dallara GP2.


Johann Ledermair on track in Imola 2017.

Johann Ledermair on track in Imola 2017.


Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport), Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport), Martin Kindler (Jenzer Motorsport), ‘PETER’ (Ray-Ban) and Nicolas Matile (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport) completed the grid. René Kouwenberg had some issues with the time transponder, but went on track for practice session as well.

Results of first free practice of FORMULA class at “Peroni Race Weekend”:

Position No. Name Nat. Team Car Fastest lap (min) Gap (s) Laps km/h
1 115 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Dallara Lola 1:31,968 12 277,4
2 999 Salvatore De Plano ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:31,986 0,018 9 290,8
3 444 Johann Ledermair AUT Ledermair Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:32,702 0,734 8 290,0
4 888 Florian Schnitzenbaumer GER Top Speed Dallara GP2 1:35,580 3,612 11 281,7
5 505 Walter Steding GER Inter Europol Competition Dallara GP2 1:38,290 6,322 8 289,3
6 323 Armando Mangini ITA MM International Motorsport Dallara GP2 1:38,571 6,603 8 268,4
7 411 Karl-Heinz Becker GER Becker Motorsport Super Nissan World Series 1:42,048 10,080 10 273,2
8 430 Martin Kindler SUI Jenzer Motorsport Nissan World Series 1:42,477 11,037 8 261,3
9 111 ‘PETER’ FRA Ray-Ban World Series by Renault 1:48,848 17,408 9 246,4
11  116 Nicolas Matile SUI PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport Lola Auto GP 1:51,368 19,400 11 260,7
12  139 René Kouwenberg NED De Boer Manx Dallara GP2


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