BOSS GP driver Armando Mangini retires, but remains with the series.
BOSS GP veteran Armando Mangini has announced his retirement from active racing at his home race in Imola. Mangini has been part of the BOSS GP family for nine consecutive years. The Italian contested a total of 72 races in Europe’s fastest racing series. A hand injury after a practice accident prevented races number 73 and 74 in Imola. Armando took it calmly: “I wanted to stop anyway.”
The Italian had his biggest sporting success last year in Monza. He won the Sunday race of the FORMULA class in his Dallara GP2 car. In a chaotic race he kept a cool head and drove to victory with constant lap times. These characteristics distinguished him for many years. Without making stupid mistakes, he drove the high-performance machines at a pace that challenged his often younger teammates.
Mangini announced his plans at a farewell party at the Cuvée Sensorium victory ceremony in the BOSS GP hospitality. “Now it’s time to give the younger ones a chance.” As a farewell gift Armando gave his long-time competitors on the track and friends beside the racetrack bathrobes with personal imprints.
For next year, however, Mangini will remain in the BOSS GP as team manager. MM International is planning to have more than three cars at the start next season, according to Mangini. We wish him all the best – behind the pit wall and in his private life.
FORMULA title decision: Bracalente wins the race, Marco Ghiotto the championship.
How can it be better? The final decision for the championship title in the FORMULA class was made in the twelfth and last BOSS GP season race of 2019. Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) went into the race weekend with better chances. After Alessandro Bracalente’s (ITA, Speed Center) victory in Saturday’s race his lead reduced from 15 to 12 points. This means: Ghiotto had to be at least sixth today if Bracalente scores another victory in Sunday’s race.
Ghiotto already had a shock moment at the start of the warm-up lap when his red GP2 Dallara did not come off the spot. Lucky for Ghiotto: Because a second car also stopped, Ghiotto could line up again in the second row of the grid for the rolling start. The Scuderia Palladio was able to breathe a short sigh of relief.
The best start behind OPEN champion Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) had Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International), who almost caught Bracalente at the top. Ghiotto not only lost the place to Martucci, but also to Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed). However, Ghiotto overtook both again in the early stages and even managed to catch up with Bracalente with a couple of fast lap times. With second place he was fully on target for the title.
And it remained like that. Bracalente won the last race of the season and ended the year with an incredible result for a rookie: 5 victories, 10 podium places and only two retirements. In the end, one too many to defeat his fellow countryman Ghiotto, who also has a great score: 9 podium finishes and 2 victories, but only one DNF. After six exciting race weekends in Hockenheim, Spielberg, Monza, Assen, Brno and Imola, the new FORMULA champion Ghiotto and his opponent Bracalente finally separated by only nine points.
in the race went to Martucci, who fought again with de Plano until the middle
of the race. De Plano finished fourth ahead of Andreas Fiedler, who secured
third place in the championship with a damaged gearbox.
duel was delivered by Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) and Gianluca
Ripoli (ITA, MM International), with a better end for the Frenchman. Until the
last lap both were within striking distance of each other on the 4.9-kilometer
course. Towards the end of the 25-minute race, Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed
Center) also caught up with the two, but could no longer attack. He finished
the season with a respectable eighth place. Nicolas Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag)
finished ninth in the class. By the way good news for the championship: His
Team Zig-Zag Motorsport Service announced that they would be competing in more
than two races next year.
Overall winner of the race was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed), who once again put the pedal to the medal today in his Toro Rosso STR1. Although his mechanics gave everything, Phil Stratford had to load his Benetton B197 into the van early due to a defect. Second in the OPEN class and new runner-up instead is “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban), whose team managed to repair a big oil leak just before race began.
Next up: The
BOSS GP annual award ceremony will take place on 7 December in Salzburg.
Alessandro Bracalente reduces the gap to championship leader Ghiotto by winning his 4th race of the year.
Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) drove unchallenged to his fourth victory of the
season in the FORMULA class. The BOSS GP rookie thus reduced the gap to Marco
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) in the points standings from 15 to only 12
points. Now it is clear that the championship will be decided in the last race
on Sunday. Ghiotto followed Bracalente throughout the race like a shadow. Only
at the end of the race he lost the connection to Bracalente and the gap grow to
an high of four seconds at the finish line.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) showed an incredible pace at the finish. At
the beginning of the race he dropped back to 9th place, but on the last lap he
made it onto the podium. For Martucci it is his fifth visit on the podium in
2019. In a courageous last lap manoeuvre, he overtook Salvatore de Plano (ITA,
Top Speed), who seems to have bad luck on his racing boots. For de Plano it was
nevertheless the second-best result of the season and the highest finish since
the Hockenheim season opener.
Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) was also involved in the fight for the podium at
the opening stage of the race. In the end he finished fifth. He scored five
championship points more than Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center), who
finished seventh. Tomorrow Haezebrouck and Fiedler will fight for third place
in the FORMULA ranking.
Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag) could not set any time in qualifying because his car
had not been repaired in time. That didn’t stop him from moving up to 6th place
from last position on the grid. For several laps he battled with Haezebrouck
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) was surprisingly in the top 6 at the beginning of
the race, ahead of Martucci and Haezebrouck. With rank 8, he finished in good
midfield this time.
Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag) finished 9th with the only Auto GP Lola in the field.
Peter Göllner won the internal team duel between him and Christian Eicke (both
SUI, Speed Center).
Ripoli (ITA, MM International) and Ulf Ehninger (DEU, ESBA Racing) had to
retire early in the race. Because Ripoli stopped at the warm-up lap, he had to
start at the back of the grid at the Indy start. He tried to improve his
position in the first lap and collided with Ehninger’s Benetton in the Tosa
victory was again secured by Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed). Not surprisingly,
the already crowned OPEN champion in his Toro Rosso dominated the eleventh race
of the season.
and last race of the BOSS GP anniversary season will take place tomorrow Sunday
at 2:10 p.m., before that at 10:30 a.m. is BOSS GP’s warm-up session.
The last qualifying session of 2019 promises high tension in the fight for the BOSS GP FORMULA title.
(AUT, Top Speed) in the Toro Rosso STR1 takes his fifth pole position in the
sixth race of the year. Behind him title contender Alessandro Bracalente (ITA,
Speed Center) set the fastest time of the FORMULA drivers and put himself in a
good position for the first race on Saturday afternoon (starting time: 15:50).
With 1:30.641 he was a solid six-tenths faster than championship leader Marco
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio), who will start the race in third place from
the second row of the grid. On the very last lap Ghiotto managed to drive into
the top-3. Should Ghiotto win the first race, Bracalente must finish at least
sixth to postpone the title decision until the last race on Sunday.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) starts from row 2 next to Ghiotto. This means
that three Italian will chase pole setter Ingo Gerstl through Tamburello, Acque
Minerali, Rivazza and Co. Benetton driver Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom) had
to retire from qualifying early. There had already been a leak in the gearbox
yesterday. With just one fast lap he qualified in fifth place on the grid.
driver in Q2 was Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed), who qualified sixth
overall. After a messed-up season, he wants to perform strongly in the finale.
Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) increased his pace from lap to lap as usual. When
hardly anyone could further improve his lap times, Fiedler drove the seventh
fastest time. So, Fiedler starts a row
ahead of his fiercest competitor for third place in the championship: Philippe
Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center).
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) proved the strong impression from the free
practice sessions on Friday with rank 10. With 10th place he was able to repeat
his best qualifying result of this year in Assen.
of two races this weekend will have a distance of 20 minutes and begin at 3:50
p.m. – according to the forecast at dry weather and 22 degrees.
The grand finale of the BOSS GP anniversary season will take place from 11 to 13 October – back in Imola after a two-year break.
The hilly and challenging course in the Italian town of Imola is the ideal venue for this season’s finale of Europe’s fastest racing series. Built in the 1950s, the Imola circuit has seen many triumphs and tragedies. The track, named after Enzo Ferrari and his early deceased son Dino, is still a highlight for every racing driver today. Although the track has not been on the Formula 1 racing calendar for several years, the 4.9-kilometre-long asphalt track has all the ingredients of a world-class track. Imola is also the only track in the BOSS GP calendar to be driven counterclockwise. This affects the set-up of the racing cars (more left turns) as well as the pilots themselves, where the neck muscles, for example, are subjected to different stresses. At the last appearance in Imola in 2017 the race winners were Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) and Rinus van Kalmthout (NLD, Mansell Motorsport).
Why the BOSS GP Grande Finale is worth visiting?
The sixth round of the season with races 11 and 12 will decide the championship title in the FORMULA class. While Toro Rosso driver Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) has defended his title in the OPEN classification prematurely, two Italians in their Formula 2 cars fight for the first place in the FORMULA ranking: Marco Ghiotto (Scuderia Palladio) goes after three second places en suite into the final round with a lead of 15 points over Alessandro Bracalente (Speed Center). A technical retirement at the last race in Brno meant that Bracalente is now the chaser. 50 points can still be scored in Imola, so Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) has still theoretical chances for the title. Practically he is fighting for third place against Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center). Who may put on the “crown”, will be determined at the very latest next Sunday.
In addition to BOSS GP, modern and historic sports car and touring car series are part of an exciting race weekend. The Renault Clio Cup, Lotus Cup and Alfa Revival Cup will, as usual, ensure exciting motorsport too.
BOSS GP schedule Imola
Friday, 11 October 2019: 10:45–11:15 Free Practice 1 (30 Minutes) 15:40–16:10 Free Practice 2 (30 Minutes)
Saturday, 12 October 2019: 10:50–11:20 Qualifying (Q1: 8 Minutes/Break: 2 Minutes/Q2: 20 Minutes) 15:50–16:25 Race 1 (20 Minutes)
Second win for Höher and Gerstl at the Masaryk Racing Days.
Höher (AUT, Top Speed) certainly didn’t have an easy time in race 2. Although
the guest starter took the second win in FORMULA class this weekend, he only
won slightly ahead of Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio).
beginning of the race Höher could follow the leading OPEN driver Ingo Gerstl
(AUT, Top Speed). Gerstl already secured his fifth championship title in the
OPEN class in the first race of the weekend. In race 2 he managed to win his
eighth race of the season in his Toro Rosso STR1.
dominator, however, it was another exciting race in FORMULA class: Due to Höher
overstraining his tyres at the beginning of the race in pursuit of Gerstl, he
only defended himself on the literally last groove towards the end of the race.
Ghiotto tried everything – drove to the left, drove to the right – but Höher
remained ice-cold and held first position until the finish line.
Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) was the closest rival to Höher in the first
stage of the race. On lap 4, however, the leader of the standings dropped
positions, one lap later he parked his car in the pits with a clutch failure. A
major setback in the championship as rival Ghiotto took 22 points with second
place. Before the championship finale Ghiotto is 15 points ahead of Bracalente.
In Imola a maximum of 50 points will be awarded.
spin, Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) finished third with a very strong
closing stage. It was Martucci’s fourth podium finish this season. In the fight
for the podium the decision was made after a Full Course Yellow in turn 1.
There he overtook Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) who showed a strong
pace with the fastest lap and some position wins at the start of the race.
Fiedler could score at least two points more than Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA,
Speed Center) with 4th place. In the standings, Fiedler is now back on 3rd
place, but only one point ahead of Haezebrouck. This duel also promises
excitement in the final races of the season.
middle of the race it looked good for Marc Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag) too. In
the battle with Höher and Ghiotto for the front Faggionato spun by himself.
Because the engine stopped running, the second race of the weekend for the fast
Monegasque was over too.
Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM International) Walter Steding (DEU, Inter Europol)
finished seventh with an impeccable performance. With an outstanding
performance Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center) drove from the last grid position
into the top-8. Nicolas Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag) in the only Auto-GP Lola spun
shortly before the end and threw away a top result at the guest start.
fastest racing series will return to Imola for the finale in five weeks. The
Grande Finale of the BOSS GP 2019 will take place on October 12th and 13th.
Ingo Gerstl secures the title with his seventh win of the season.
It wasn’t a
surprise anymore: Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) won the first race of the BOSS
GP this weekend and finally fixed his fifth BOSS GP title in the highest
sporting point of view, the FORMULA category is more valuable at the moment,
which has become even more acute after the first race of the day: The victory went
to guest starter Christopher Höher (AUT, Top Speed), who was already the
fastest Formula 2 driver in qualifying. For Höher it was an emotionally
important victory, he drives in memory of his recently deceased father.
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) drove an important race: He crossed the finish
line behind Höher without a single mistake, ahead of championship leader and
main rival Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center). Ghiotto thus reduced the
gap in the overall standings to Bracalente, who benefited from a penalty for
Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center). The fast Frenchman finished third,
but this time it wasn’t going to be the desired podium: The race commissioners
sanctioned an overtaking manoeuvre under Full Course Yellow with a 30-sec-penalty.
Fiedler (AUT, Fiedler Racing) finished fourth ahead of Haezebrouck, Florian
Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) lost a few places and crossed the line on sixth
exciting duels were delivered by the fighting group with Nicolas Matile (MCO,
Zig-Zag), Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) and Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM
International). Because Matiles Auto GP Lola stopped at the start, he had to
line up at the back of the grid for the flying start. In the end he beat
Martucci and Ripoli with some strong manoeuvres and finished seventh in the
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) stayed in front of Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed
Center), who came closer towards the end, but did not manage to pass his rival.
Thomas Jakoubek (AUT, Top Speed) finished on 12th place after a pit stop.
prevented a race on Saturday afternoon. The organizers decided to start both
races on Sunday. Although it rained also today, there was much less standing water
on the track. At first the race started behind the safety car, after two laps the
pace car drove to the pits. The only incident tricky conditions during the race
was a spin by last year’s winner Marc Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag).
The first race of BOSS GP in Brno has been postponed to Sunday, starting time 9:15 am.
The heavy rain caused Volker Ehekircher, the race director and series organiser to postpone the race scheduled for 14:50 today to Sunday. The weather forecasts promise better conditions for the second race day at the Masaryk Racing Days.
The warm-up scheduled for tomorrow will not take place, instead two BOSS GP races will be held on just one day. Race 1 starts at 9:15, race 2 at 12:55. Both races have a distance of 20 minutes.
First row for the Top Speed drivers Gerstl and Höher.
for races 9 and 10 of the BOSS GP 2019 was held at 11 degrees outside
temperature and in drizzle. At least the choice of tyres was easy: all the
drivers went for the Pirelli Cinturato rain tyre. Despite the difficult weather
conditions the BOSS GP pilots did a good job keeping their racing cars on the
expected, Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) in Toro Rosso STR1 took another pole
position for the two races in Brno. Next to him Christopher Höher (AUT, Top
Speed) starts from row 1 in the best FORMULA car.
spin at the beginning of Q2 Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) got into the
right rhythm. With position 3 he starts one place ahead of rival Alessandro
Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center). Bracalente had to deal with less driving time
in Q1 for yesterday’s top 5. Although the conditions in both sessions remained
the same, the drivers from Q2 were able to rewind significantly more laps. In
the rain this is usually an advantage.
From row 3
the reigning champion Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) and Philippe
Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) will start the races. Haezebrouck finished the
session with an even faster time, but it was cancelled due to the disregard of
a yellow flag. The same happened to four other pilots.
winner Marc Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag) ended up eighth behind Andreas Fiedler
(DEU, Fiedler Racing), Thomas Jakoubek (AUT, Top Speed) in ninth place despite
little rain experience, Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) in 10th place
Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag) and Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM International) starting from
row 6. Walter Steding (DEU, Inter Europol), who rolled out with a defect
shortly before the end of qualifying, and Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed Center)
will start from row 7. Teammate Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center) missed the
qualifying session, but can start in the races.
race over 20 minutes starts today at 14:50 on Saturday.
The Masaryk Racing Days kicked off with roaring engines.
the usual practice day – that means two 30-minute track sessions for the
high-speed monsters of BOSS GP. The fastest driver on the first day of the
Masaryk Racing Days in Brno was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) in his 2006 Toro
Rosso Formula 1 car. Gerstl set a superb time of 1:36,368 in his first fast lap
of the day, just one second above last year’s lap record (1:35,155). A new
track record is targeted but could be prevented by the forecast rainy weather
was also fastest in the FORMULA category: Christopher Höher (AUT, Top Speed) is
making his BOSS GP comeback this weekend. The 22-year-old is no unknown in
racing, he already competed in the ADAC GT Masters and is multiple Austrian racing
car champion. He has also left his mark with successes in the BOSS GP. In
practice, Höher blasted a lap with 1:43.906 which was more than one and a half
seconds faster than the second fastest Formula 2. For Bracalente, Fiedler &
Co. he will be hard to crack this weekend. Höher also drives in memory of his
recently passed away father. A special design on the Dallara Mecachrome is
reminiscent in honour of the biggest supporter of his motorsport career.
the standings Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) nevertheless
experienced a good training day, also because he, unlike his title opponent
Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio), remained without a spin. While
Bracalente qualified for Q1, Ghiotto must qualify in Q2. Whether it is an advantage,
or a disadvantage will be proven tomorrow in qualifying at 10 am.
fastest FORMULA driver in the free practice sessions was Marc Faggionato (MCO,
Zig-Zag). Last year’s winner in his art car will certainly be one of the promising
candidates for a trophy this year as well. Luca Martucci (ITA, MM
International) rolled out to the start-finish line in the second practice
session, nevertheless he also qualified for Q1 with the fourth fastest FORMULA
time. Back in the BOSS GP is Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed). The 2018
FORMULA Champion is only occasionally at the start this year, with the sixth
fastest time he proved that he would like to have a say about the podium places
on Saturday and Sunday.
GP pilots used the test day on Thursday to prepare for the weekend. For
Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed) the race weekend was over before it even began.
Problems with the engine could not be solved on site. Armando Mangini (ITA, MM
International) is also missing. He is recovering from an operation and supports
his team mates on site. Still, tomorrow 15 motivated drivers go into the first
race day. Qualifying starts at 10 am, followed by the first race at 2:50 pm.