In Friday’s free practice sessions at the Monza Autodrome, championship dominators Ingo Gerstl and Klaas Zwart as well as rookie Christof von Grünigen set the top lap times at temperatures above 35 Celsius.
Overall standings leader Gerstl posted the day’s fastest lap time in 1:31,914 minutes in the opening session. Peter Milavec came second in the OPEN class ahead of H&A Racing driver Wolfgang Jordan.
Reigning champion Klaas Zwart (Team Ascari) only entered the contest in the second stint following adjustment work to his Jaguar F1 car in the morning. However, the Dutchman made his mark recording the quickest lap in the afternoon, but saw room for improvement nonetheless.
“I had to overtake about ten cars every lap, so qualifying times should be much quicker. I would expect them to be around 1:28 minutes”, he analysed.
H&A VOX Racing Team’s second man, Lance David Arnold, who gave his OPEN class debut, placed behind Zwart, just outpacing comebacker Frits van Erd. Gerstl was sidelined with a broken battery.
In the FORMULA class, newcomer Christof von Grünigen (Zele Racing) defended top spot from session one also in the afternoon. The Swiss stayed ahead of hard battling Chris Höher and Luis Michael Dorrbecker, the trio lapping the Autodromo all in the 1:38s. Mahaveer Raghunathan and Phil Stratford completed the Top 5.
“We are very content with Christof’s work. Things are looking pretty good for tomorrow”, Zele Racing team boss Michael Zele said.
However, both Höher and Dorrbecker want to push von Grünigen off the top spot. “BOSS GP is great fun. But it’s more fun to win. So, I will go full throttle tomorrow”, Höher said.
“My goal is to become the quickest rookie. I really enjoy challenging the veterans in their F1 cars”, Dorrbecker added.
FORMULA class leader Christopher Brenier had to settle for sixth on the day.