Review FORMULA: Hockenheimring 2024
mai 16, 2024

Alexander Seibold and Simone Colombo win the races, but Felix Große-Aschhof leads the standings after the first race weekend.

There was a surprising result in the first race over a race distance of 22 minutes. An early collision between the two favoured team-mates Simone Colombo (ITA) and Juju Noda (JPN, both MM International) cleared the way for other drivers. At first, Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) was the one who was closest to the 25 points awarded for the race win. However, technical problems forced the 2019–2021 champion to retire.

Points leader Felix Große-Aschhoff in front of his dad Michael

Alexander Seibold (GER, Seibold auto + sport) then took over. The experienced German fought a thrilling duel with Martin Kindler (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport) from Switzerland to claim his first much-acclaimed class victory. Kindler was also delighted with second place and a big trophy on his return to the BOSS GP. Paul O’Connell (IRE) from the HS Engineering racing team delivered a sensational race. In the only World Series 3.5 in the FORMULA field, he stalled at the start for the warm-up lap, which is why he had to start the race from the pit lane and therefore last. 13 laps and numerous overtaking manoeuvres later, he crossed the finish line in third place in his class.

Podium Race 1 f. l. O’Connell, Seibold and Kindler

The second race got off to a turbulent start when it suddenly began to rain on the way to the starting grid. However, the rain quickly subsided and all the drivers were able to start on the P-Zero dry tyres from BOSS GP supplier Pirelli. A fair duel between Simone Colombo and Juju Noda kept everyone at the edge of their seats over the full 22-minute distance. Colombo, the reigning champion, ultimately prevailed over his new team-mate Juju Noda by just half a second. Marco Ghiotto finished the second race in third place. Andreas Fiedler (GER, Fiedler Racing) finished fourth in his home race.

Felix Große-Aschhoff (GER, Asche-Racing) left the Hockenheimring without a podium finish, but with the most points. With 4th and 5th place, the student was the big winner of the first race weekend. His father Michael Große-Aschhoff (GER, Asche-Racing) finished sixth twice, while garage neighbor Roland Rupprechter (AUT, R&B Research and Wealth Management) was also delighted with fifth place in the first race.

Juju Noda in her first appearance in a GP2 car

Photos: Angelo Poletto/BOSS GP

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