FORMULA class: Raghunathan shows fastest lap during first free practice
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.
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.
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|
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