Report: Race 2 Spielberg
An unequal duel for victory: Ingo Gerstl in a Formula 1 and Johann Ledermair in a GP2 competed at the same level with unequal weapons.
The second race of the weekend started behind the Pirelli Safety Car. BOSS GP race director Rainer Werner had already announced before the race that he would drive three condition-check-laps before green. When the track was clear, Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport) took full risk to keep up with Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed). Gerstl, who was rather cautious on the wet road, could hardly keep Ledermair behind him. Only after a few laps did the lead increase to a relaxed gap of 2.5 to 3 seconds in advantage for Gerstl. At the finish, OPEN winner Ingo Gerstl and FORMULA winner Johann Ledermair separated by 2.8 seconds.
Ledermair on the FORMULA podium was followed by another Austrian: Reinhard Kofler (Top Speed) took home a top position in his very first BOSS GP race. Yesterday he had to give Schnitzenbaumer, the regular driver, his control unit, and renounce his own start. The start of KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler was only made possible by Gerstl and his team Top Speed, who provided Kofler a race car – a service to Austrian motorsport.
Armando Mangini (MM International) made the overtaking manoeuvre of the race day: The Italian overtook Florian Schnitzenbaumer (Top Speed) shortly before the end on the start-finish straight. Schnitzenbaumer tried to block, but was unable to resist Mangini’s late braking point. Schnitzenbaumer continues to lead the BOSS GP standings with fourth place.
Bianca Steiner (Top Speed) came through the rain without any mistakes. The Austrian made her first podium appearance yesterday. Today she finished fifth in the FORMULA ranking. She almost caught up with the slowing down Schnitzenbaumer. Andreas Fiedler finished seventh. Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport), who left the technical problems of the previous days behind him and performed strongly in the rain today, finished eighth.
Some pilots, among others the Austrian Thomas Jakoubek (Top Speed) and the two Speed Center pilots Christian Eicke and Peter Göllner didn’t start under the difficult conditions. The second Formula 1, Phil Stratford‘s Benetton, was loaded into the van yesterday night after a transmission failure.
The BOSS GP moves on to Italy. The next race weekend is from 29 June to 1 July at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Ingo Gerstl: “Normally I don’t drive in such conditions – I only did that for my Austrian fans. 1.5 million is at stake…”
Johann Ledermair: “It was tighter than yesterday. I made a nice impression. In the first turn and in the penultimate turn I got wide once, but otherwise it worked out well.”
Reinhard Kofler: “The car had a lot of oversteer, but in the end it got better. We didn’t change anything at the set-up, the car was very hard. But overall, much more has come out than I expected. I’d like to go again – there’s an extreme danger of addiction here.”