Full racing line-up: BOSS GP in Brno
At the Masaryk Racing Days almost everything that has wheels is on the track. The main event in the Czech Republic are the Big Open Single Seaters.
With a track length of 5.403 kilometres, Brno is the longest challenge in the BOSS GP 2018 racing calendar. The track is most famous for the MotoGP Grand Prix every year, nevertheless the track is also popular for drivers in Monoposti. On the one hand, it offers many smooth and fast corners that alternate with a technically demanding part, and on the other it is one of the safest race tracks on the calendar. Engine power is also important at the penultimate stop of the BOSS GP 2018, as the Czech roller coaster (9 right and 6 left turns) climbs steeply in the last third of the track.
The fastest boys and girls
Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) holds the lap record on the largest Czech racetrack. The Austrian and three-time BOSS GP champion drove round the track last year in only 1:36.065 min, faster than any other driver in the 30 years since the opening of the circuit. Gerstl (Toro Rosso STR1, 3 litres, 10-cylinder Cosworth) could already secure his third consecutive OPEN title in Brno: If he scores four points more than his opponent Phil Stratford (Penn Elcom Racing), he will already be champion before the final in Spielberg (21-23 September 2018). The US-American Stratford delivers consistently good performances this year and makes hardly any mistakes. The technique of his Benetton B197 (4 litres, 10-cylinder Judd) works better and better, which increases the driving pleasure and extends the driving time.
As third starter in the faster OPEN class Wolfgang Jaksch drives a Super Aguri SA06 (3 litres, 10-cylinder Cosworth). The German with Swiss license was the only one who could win a race this year except Gerstl. However, several retirements in the championship threw him far back, good individual placings are now the goal.
In the FORMULA class all eyes are on Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing). The Czech racer is currently the only woman in the BOSS GP and most recently took her first podium in Assen. The former hill climb racer has been driving in the BOSS GP since 2015, and many guests will support the Czech at her home race.
The FORMULA is also about the championship and a possible preliminary decision. 34 points separate leader Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) from rival Andreas Fielder (Fiedler Racing). Both had a DNF at the last event in the Netherlands. Everything is still undecided, 25 points are awarded for a victory, four races are still on the calendar.
You should also keep an eye out for the comeback of Salvatore De Plano (MM International). In the first race of the season he injured himself in an accident in the fight for victory. After a long-forced break, the fast Italian is back in the race car. Marc Faggionato and Nicolas Matile (both ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service) are also back after a long BOSS GP break. Matile starts with a Lola-Zytec from the Auto GP, making him the only non-GP2 pilot.
Masaryk Racing Days: Quite busy
The race days in September are the second largest circuit racing event in the Czech Republic after the Motorcycle Grand Prix. In addition to the headliner BOSS GP, other racing series will run from Thursday to Sunday: FIA Central Europe Zone for sports cars, touring cars and formula cars, ESET V4 Cup with TCR, Suzuki Swift Cup Europe, Chevrolet Cruze Eurocup, Renault Twingo Cup and various historic racing classes (HAIGO).
The weekend ticket costs 300 Czech crowns (=13 Euro), at the entrances to the race track there are ticket counters. Children under 14 and seniors over 67 have free entry. The BOSS GP cars are in the pits between 2-11, Andreas Fiedler is placed behind them in the paddock.
Timetable: BOSS GP at Masaryk Racing Days
Friday, September 7, 2018
11:35–12:05: Free Practice 1
16:00–16:25: Free Practice 2
Saturday, September 8,2018
14:50–15:25: Race 1 (distance: 20 minutes)
Sunday, September 9, 2018
12:15–12:50: Race 2 (distance: 20 minutes)
Participants: BOSS GP
The OPEN class is for type Formula 1 car built from 1997, Champ Car and IndyCar built from 1997. Engine is free; numbers from 1 to 99.
|1||Ingo Gerstl||Top Speed||AUT||Toro Rosso STR1|
|7||Phil Stratford||Penn Elcom Racing||USA||Benetton B197|
|26||Wolfgang Jaksch||F Xtreme Racing Team||DEU||Super Aguri SA06|
FORMULA is open to GP2/Formula 2, GP3 (13/16), Auto GP, A1GP, Formula Acceleration 1, Superleague Formula, World Series by Renault, World Series by Nissan, F3000 cars build from 2002. Only the original engine is allowed, organisation committee can make an exception in the classification of a car according to the performance data of the car; Numbers from 100 to 999.
|100||Thomas Jakoubek||Top Speed||AUT||Dallara GP2|
|101||Peter Göllner||Speed Center||SUI||Dallara GP2|
|116||Nicolas Matile||ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service||MCO||Lola Auto GP|
|129||Marc Faggionato||ZIG-ZAG Motorsport Service||MCO||Dallara GP2|
|221||Bernd Herndlhofer||H&A Racing||AUT||Dallara GP2|
|222||Veronika Cicha||H&A Racing||CZE||Dallara GP2|
|321||Andreas Fiedler||Fiedler Racing||DEU||Dallara GP2|
|323||Armando Mangini||MM International||ITA||Dallara GP2|
|505||Walter Steding||Inter Europol Competition||DEU||Dallara GP2|
|555||Christian Eicke||Speed Center||SUI||Dallara GP2|
|888||Florian Schnitzenbaumer||Top Speed||DEU||Dallara GP2|
|999||Salvatore De Plano||MM International||ITA||Dallara GP2|
Photos: Michael Kavena/BOSS GP