OPEN class: Qualifying in Assen – Gerstl saves pole position
After his awful crash during free practice in the morning, Klaas Zwart (Team Ascari) is out of the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen for this weekend. Luckily the local hero wasn’t injured. Finally two OPEN class drivers were remaining for the Qualifying, since Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing) had to cancel the races due to technical reasons already before just arriving in Assen. It is now a battle between Ingo Gerstl (Team Top Speed) and Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing Team) for the podium.
Apart from Zwarts cancellation of the remaining race weekend, the Qualifying at the “Gamma Racing Days” went smoothly. Drivers had to deal with difficult weather conditions: Sun and light rain alternated. At the beginning of the Qualifying a few drops fell down – a good challenge for teams and driver, finding the best setup for these conditions.
Ingo Gerstl was the first driver on the 4,555 km long track, showing a sovereign and fast performance in his Toro Rosso STR1 and securing the pole position for the race in the evening once more this season. He drove his best lap time in lap 6 with 1:23,228 min. Wolfgang Jaksch followed with quite a gap and a best lap time in 1:31,272 in his Super Aguri SA06, nevertheless improving his lap record from the free practice. Gerstl passed seven laps in total, Jaksch six laps.
These are the results of the Qualifying:
|Position||No.||Name||Nat.||Team||Car||Fastest lap (min)||In||Gap||Laps||km/h|
|1||1||Ingo Gerstl||AUT||Top Speed||Toro Rosso STR1 F1||1:23,228||6||7||197,03|
|2||26||Wolfgang Jaksch||GER||F Xtreme Racing Team||Super Aguri SA06 F1||1:31,272||5||8,044||6||179,66|
Since OPEN and FORMULA class have different classifications, but drive together at the same race, the whole start grid of 14 drivers will start at the same race. So Gerstl once more this season owns the pole position, followed by FORMULA class drivers Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) and Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport). Wolfgang Jaksch will start from position 5 at the race (season race 9) in the evening, which will start at 5:59 p.m.
This is the starting grid for race 1 at the “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017:
Picture gallery of Assen 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/assen-gamma-racing-days
OPEN class: Free practice at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-free-practice-ends-with-a-horrific-crash-by-klaas-zwart
OPEN class: Start list at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-start-list-for-the-gamma-racing-days-in-assen-ned-is-set
Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings