Riccardo Ponzio brings a Jaguar Formula 1 onto the grid in 2020.
The 22-year-old Italian Riccardo Ponzio will compete in a Jaguar Formula 1 car for the full BOSS GP season in the OPEN class. The spectacular new project for the 2020 BOSS GP campaign was launched yesterday with an impressive presentation.
The car from 2002 is powered by a 750 hp Cosworth V10 engine. Eddie Irvine, who was the race driver at the time, was able to finish on the podium in Monza. Ponzio, who won the Italian Formula 3 in 2017, also has ambitious aims: “Nothing can really prepare you to drive a car with almost 1000 hp. But the first few kilometres showed me: I feel ready to make my debut.”
The project is set to run for two years. Ponzio and his Jaguar R3 will make their first appearance in BOSS GP 2020 at the season opener in Mugello from March 27 to 29.
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 innovative and aspiring Moravian city of Brno will host the ninth and tenth BOSS Grand Prix 2019 from 5 to 8 September.
The second largest city in the Czech Republic will host another exciting round of the Big Open Single Seater anniversary season. After TT Circuit in Assen follows with the Automotodrom Brno another racetrack famous for motorcycle races. With a track length of 5.403 kilometres, the track on the western outskirts of the city is the longest in the 2019 BOSS GP racing calendar. Fast and smooth curves alternate with a technically demanding part. Engine power is also a decisive factor, as the Czech roller coaster climbs steeply in the last third of the track.
What will the Masaryk Racing Days offer?
The BOSS GP series has arrived in the middle of championship battle. Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) could already be crowned champion in the OPEN class in Brno with an extension of the winning streak that has already lasted three races. The FORMULA class is much closer: Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) and Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) have the best chances there. Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) and Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) are still considered outsiders before the last four rounds in Brno and Imola. Marc Faggionato and Nicolas Matile will add an extra spice with their guest starts in Brno. Faggionato won both races last year.
In addition to the headliner BOSS GP, there will be much more racing from Thursday to Sunday: Sports Car and P9 Challenge, Drexler Formula Cup, ESET V4 Cup with TCR, Suzuki Swift Cup Europe and historic racing classes (HAIGO). The racing fans can look forward to a total of 19 races at the weekend.
BOSS GP schedule Brno
Thursday, 5 September 2019: 14:00–14:25 Test 1 (25 Minutes) 16:30–16:55 Test 2 (25 Minutes)
Friday, 6 September 2019: 12:20–12:50 Free Practice 1 (30 Minutes) 15:45–16:15 Free Practice 2 (30 Minutes)
Saturday, 7 September 2019: 10:00–10:30 Qualifying (Q1: 8 Minutes/Break: 2 Minutes/Q2: 20 Minutes) 14:50–15:25 Race 1 (20 Minutes)
The weekend ticket for the ten- and eight-cylinder roaring costs 300 Czech crowns (=12 Euro) at the box office. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.automotodrombrno.cz/en/masaryk-racing-days-2019 Free choice of seats on all open grandstands and standing areas, access to the paddock is included in all tickets.
Where can I find the BOSS GP race cars and pilots?
The teams and drivers of the BOSS GP are in the pits with numbers 2 to 11. Some cars are parked in the paddock next to the BOSS GP hospitality.
How can I follow the BOSS GP from Brno online?
All results from practice, qualifying and the races on bossgp.com
After victory, Bracalente takes the lead in the FORMULA standings.
penalty dropped him back, today it was his day: Alessandro Bracalente (ITA,
Speed Center) was able to win the 8th race of the season in the FORMULA class.
At the start he defended his top position in contrast to yesterday. Marco
Ghiotto (ITA, MM International) followed him throughout the race, but it was
never enough to overtake him. The duel for the championship is getting tougher
after this weekend: Bracalente is only nine points ahead of Ghiotto in four
races to go.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) came third in the FORMULA category. Yesterday
a penalty was also his misfortune, today he landed deservedly on the podium.
The top 3 in today’s race underline the current dominance of the Italians in
this class. Best non-Italian was Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) in
fourth place. A podium finish for the sonnyboy with Le Mans experience is only
a matter of time.
Ripoli (ITA, MM International), winner of race 1, finished sixth today ahead of
team-mate Armando Mangini. Andreas Fiedler started the race from the pit lane
already lagging behind. As usual, he delivered a race to catch up, which
brought him up to 8th place. Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed Center) and Walter
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) fought further interesting duels. Eicke used a
lapping by another car to pass Steding and secure 8th place.
OPEN category: Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) dominated both races in Assen. Hans Laub (DEU, Speed Center) was happy to finally be in race mode again. Both he and his Forti Formula 1 kept going and were rewarded with 2nd place. Third place on the podium went to “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban), who is now behind Gerstl in second place of the championship.
summer break the BOSS GP continues in Brno (6–8 September). On the Czech roller
coaster a preliminary decision could be made in the OPEN class, in the FORMULA
the decision in terms of championship will be made quite certainly at the final
event in Imola (11th–13th October).
Action-packed 7th season race of the BOSS GP 2019 at the TT Circuit.
with the sensation of today’s race day: Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM International)
surprisingly wins for the very first time a race in BOSS GP. Already in the
qualifying a surprise was on the horizon, with class rank 4 he achieved his best
qualifying result so far. In the race, unlike his immediate opponents, he
remained free of mistakes and benefited from a 10-second penalty for Alessandro
Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center), who had led most of the race.
first start was aborted (a driver spun in the warm-up lap) the field was forced
to stop on the start-finish straight. At the restart, not all engines started
in time, so the crews were working on it even after the 30-second signal – which
is not allowed according to the regulations. Bracalents got – like some of the
other drivers – a time penalty added to the result.
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) took the lead in the FORMULA class after a
good start of the race. Still in the first half pole setter Bracalente passed
Ghiotto again. The subsequent duel between the two title favourites was a short
one, however, as Ghiotto made a rare mistake and spun off the track. Ripoli
finally won ahead of Bracalente and Armando Mangini (ITA, MM International).
Mangini did it as so often, kept a cool head and crossed the finish line
without any major troubles. This brings the veteran 3th place in the FORMULA
Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) and Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International)
dropped from the podium due to penalties after a strong race. Andreas Fiedler
(DEU, Fiedler Racing) was within reach of the FORMULA podium for a long time,
but in the final phase he suddenly lost a lot of speed and thus some positions
In the OPEN
class for Formula 1 cars Ingo Gerstl controlled the race from lap 1 onwards in
his Toro Rosso STR1 and extended the overall lead with his fifth victory of the
season. Hans Laub (DEU, Speed Center) finished second in the Forti FG03. The
driver and mechanic in one person skipped qualifying in the morning and started
a great race to catch up from the last grid position and overtook numerous
FORMULA racers in the race. “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban) was happy about
another trophy in his collection with 3rd place.
will be the 8th race of the season. At 9:45 a.m. the Big Open Single Seater line-up
for a ten-minute warm-up session. The race itself starts at 11:50 a.m.,
directly before the DTM’s main race.
Assen trembles: BOSS GP on lap record chase in qualifying.
The pole position was secured for the third time in 2019 by Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed). A further improvement of his personal lap record from yesterday (1:18.246) was just not possible. The record champion will try to improve in race one with his Toro Rosso STR1 again.
The best-in-class FORMULA driver will also start from the front row of the grid: Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) grabbed pole with an advantage of over a second. It was also the Italian’s third FORMULA best time in the 2019 BOSS GP anniversary season.
Championship leader Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) didn’t miss a beat and follows in row 2, along with ever more consistent Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International). Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM International) completed the Italian quartet with 5th place, his best BOSS GP qualifying result so far.
Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) confirmed the improving pace of the last races – he starts from 6th place. Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed) had technical problems yesterday and only managed three laps in the two practice sessions. Today he did 12 laps and qualified as overall seventh.
Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) stayed focused even with a TV onboard camera hanging away and finished eighth. In row 5 are Armando Mangini and Walter Steding. Christian Eicke starts behind from 11, “Piter” from 12.
The qualifying session was disappointing for Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center), who is well known for his strong performance in Assen. He had to park his GP2 Dallara at the side after only three laps. Together with rookie Ulf Ehninger (DEU, ESBA Racing) in the F1 Benetton B197, he will start the 20-minute race from row 7 this afternoon.
Hans Laub (DEU, Speed Center) in the 1996 Forti skipped the timed practice. The first race of the BOSS GP within the DTM in Assen starts today Saturday at 17:10 o’clock. According to the current weather forecast rain showers are to be expected. For sure the Pirelli Cinturato rain tyres are standing by in the pits.
half-hour practice sessions were held on the first race day in the Netherlands.
The driving time was used extensively by the 17 pilots, some of them completed
over 35 laps. The BOSS GP pilots gathered experience for the remaining weekend,
although according to the weather forecast it could rain tomorrow as opposed to
The fastest time was once again set by Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed), who even beat his own track record in the Toro Rosso STR1 with a time of 1:18.246. It was also the Austrian who, together with Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center), represented the BOSS GP at yesterday’s show run in the city centre of Assen. On the “Coulthard Road”, BOSS GP showed what 800 hp are capable of. Over 200 kph and “donuts” on public roads delighted the approximately 20,000 fans.
Back to the Friday practice sessions: Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) set the tone for the FORMULA cars. The leader of the standings underlined his favourite role for qualifying tomorrow morning (Saturday, 10:50 a.m.) with the best time in the class of FORMULA cars. Second fastest FORMULA driver today: Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) ahead of Bracalente, who is obviously trying to recover from Monza’s messed up weekend. Today’s fourth best time brings him into the top 5 and thus into Q1.
The biggest surprises of today’s practice day were Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) and Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center). Göllner finished fifth with 1:29.729 in the Free Practice 2, Haezebrouck sixth with 1:29.8. Also “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban) was able to impress and could play a bigger role in the midfield this time than in previous races.
For BOSS GP
this race weekend will kick-off second half of the season. After Hockenheim,
Red Bull Ring and Monza the races 7 (Saturday, 17:10) and 8 (Sunday, 11:50)
will take place in Assen. Tickets are still available on site.
Before Max Verstappen and Co. compete in a Dutch Grand Prix next year, BOSS GP will give Netherlands a taste of Formula 1 this weekend in Assen.
This year, the BOSS GP teamed up with the German Touring Car Masters to offer the 100,000 fans an incomparable racing line-up. While Assen is new for the DTM, the 4.5-kilometer TT Circuit is familiar territory for the BOSS GP. The fastest racing series in Europe was part of the GAMMA Racing Day in recent years.
What does the DTM event offer?
It all starts on Thursday in the city centre of Assen
with its 68,000 inhabitants: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be a show run on
the Vaart Zuidzijde, with free admission and demo rides of all racing series of
the weekend. BOSS GP with the fastest racing cars in the world and the heroes
who drive them can also be seen in action.
From Friday to Sunday there will be full day action on
the TT Circuit with a total of six sessions of the BOSS GP. The Big Open Single
Seater series makes possible, that formula cars of the highest categories can
still be seen at their original purpose: Racing against each other. Also
driving are DTM, Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, Lotus Cup Europe and the Women’s
Formula Series W Series. Of course, Assen can’t do without bikes on the
traditional motorcycle track either: Moto2 demo laps fill the breaks between
BOSS GP schedule Assen
Friday, 19 July 2019:
11:40–12:10 Free Practice 1 (30 Minutes)
14:45–15:10 Free Practice 2 (25 Minutes)
Saturday, 20 July 2019:
10:50–11:20 Qualifying (Q1: 8 Minutes/Break: 2 Minutes/Q2: 20 Minutes)
12:00–12:20 Autograph session all drivers BOSS GP (Show Stage Paddock)
17:10–17:30 Race 1 (20 Minutes)
19:00 Live concert DJ Fedde Le Grand (Show Stage Paddock)
Where can I find the BOSS GP cars, teams and drivers?
A part of the BOSS GP is located in the pits, the other teams in large tents behind pit lane. Fans can watch the BOSS GP teams at work closely, as admission to the paddock is included in all ticket categories. In addition, the pit lane will be opened twice a weekend for fans during the pit walk. Motorsport fans can’t get closer to Formula 1 anywhere else.
The fastest BOSS GP qualifying of the year in review.
position in the third BOSS GP event 2019 for Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed). In
the V10 Toro Rosso STR1 Gerstl was again the fastest pilot in qualifying. This
means he sets the pace for the start of the first of two races at 4 p.m. this
Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom) will line up next to him once again. In the
Benetton B197 he was able to improve by two seconds compared to qualifying 2018
– this opens the chase for permanent rival Gerstl.
Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) confirmed his performance of Friday: With 1:36.169 he drove the fastest lap time of all Formula 2 drivers. Teammate and cousin Sergio Ghiotto starts the race from 5th place as third best FORMULA driver.
will be Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center), who was the only one in the
turbulent Qualifying 2 to make it into the top 5. Later in qualifying the
FORMULA leader had an accident. At the end of the second chicane he spun to the
inside and into the barriers. For the race driver and car should be made ready
dominance at their home race in the FORMULA class is underlined by Armando
Mangini (grid position 6), Salvatore de Plano (grid position 7) and Gianluca
Ripoli (grid position 8). First non-Italian in the FORMULA category is Philippe
Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center). The Frenchman continues the good pace of
Hockenheim and Spielberg in his first race with the new team.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) starts in tenth. Walter Steding qualified as
eleventh despite a spin into the gravel bed. Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed
Center) was able to participate today after his accident in the first free
practice and thanked his team with rank 12. Thomas Jakoubek (AUT, Top Speed)
will start from 13, OPEN driver “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban) in the only
World Series car from 14.
Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) had to miss qualifying, because his rear wing
broke yesterday. He hopes to find a spare wing before today’s first race,
otherwise he must skip another race.
starts today at 4 p.m. – with best weather and free entry.