Local hero Peter Milavec and Christopher Brenier quickest
The BOSS GP series has returned to Austria and is holding its free practice sessions on Friday. Most drivers are taking advantage of the extra mileage to get better acquainted with the Red Bull Ring and work on their set ups.
In difficult conditions with slight rain and only 15 degrees Celsius, Austrian Peter Milavec was the fastest man in the OPEN Class. He punched his Panoz DP01 around the hilly circuit finishing top of the pack, one second clear of Wolfgang Jordan from Germany, and Dutchman Klaas Zwart.
Overall standings leader Zwart took a calm start into the weekend only doing five fast laps, while his main championship rival Ingo Gerstl was sidelined with an electronic problem. However, he is hopeful to take part in the day’s second session.
“We have arrived with a completely new car, so we did a first shakedown in the opening session. Thus, it was not about quick lap times in this stint.”
In the FORMULA Class Christopher Brenier has dominated.
“I love this track and I am having a lot of fun out there. I happy with the result, but of course, it’s only Friday.”
The Frenchman has been battling with Milavec for the session’s top time and outpaced his fellow-countrymen Gilles Brenier (P2) und Philippe Haezebrouck (P3).
Less amused was Italian Salvatore de Plano, who complained about the new tarmac surface:
“The track is exciting, but the current asphalt is very slippery. When it rains, it’s even worse.”