Hello Austria, hello Red Bull Ring!
The BossGP Series returns to Styria for the second race weekend of the 2016 season.
Since Europe’s fastest formula racing series did not race on the 4,318 km track last year, this season’s visit will only be its second after 2014. Two years ago, the dominating man on the fast, hilly and curvy circuit was Luxemburg’s Gray Hauser. Despite his great display at the season opener in Hockenheim, Hauser will not be on the grid this time. Regardless, the entry list guarantees close and exciting racing in both categories.
Favourites or local heroes?
In the OPEN class the duel between Dutchman Klaas Zwart and Austrian Ingo Gerstl is expected to continue. Already in the first two races in Hockenheim, the pair was battling out victory. However, racing on home soil, also Peter Milavec and Bernd Herndlhofer have faith in their chances and will be pushing hard to challenge Zwart and Gerstl.
Who is Hauser’s heir?
In the FORMULA category, Gary Hauser’s absence means the pack is reshuffled and the fight for the top is closer than ever. Frenchman Christopher Brenier, who finished runner-up twice in Hockenheim, is the declared favourite. However, Salvatore de Plano and Philippe Haezebrouck are also out for winning Silverware. “I know and like the Red Bull Ring. It’s great fun to race on” Haezebrouck said. A potential dark horse is Veronika Cicha. The series’ only female driver sensationally finished on P6 twice in Hockenheim and is highly motivated to battle for a podium.
Weather as game changer?
Looking at the weather forecast will give drivers and teams a headache, because the so called “Frost Saints” phenomenon will cater for cold temperatures and lots of rain on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, skies shall clear up and allow a dry race.