New day, new challenges. Race 2 of the «Gamma Racing Days» in Assen (NED) went more or less smooth in front of an awesome crowd of 94.500 spectators. Twelve drivers started in the BOSS GP FORMULA class. There were no crashes tough as on Saturday, despite early exits of Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing) and Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport).
First trouble occured already before race start. Ingo Gerstl (Team Top Speed, OPEN class), ranked on start position 14 after his early race exit on Saturday, was put on the pole position by a decision of race director and stewards due to safety reasons. «Actually I was surprised about that decision, made by the race management. I didn’t ask for, it was decided because of safety reasons», Gerstl explained after the race, since there was some trouble about that decision anyway. Finally Johann Ledermair (Ledermair Motorsport), initially set on pole position, started from position 2 of the start grid, followed by Salvatore De Plano (MM International Motorsport) and Mahaveer Raghunathan (PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport).
Ledermair showed a strong performance, dominating the FORMULA grid as on Saturday again. «The car was brilliant, my team has done a great job — everthing worked out smooth!», Ledermair was fine with his race after the podium ceremony. «I think I lost some time during the yellow flag phase, since there was a signifcant gap to the other cars before the yellow flag and no gap, when the yellow flags were gone.» Nevertheless the Austrian brougth his second P1 of the weekend home safely, with an gap of 11,673 sec in front of P2, Salvatore De Plano, and driving his fastest lap in 1:25,624 min.
The Italian had have some «tyre trouble» at the first race on Saturday. «Our race went perfect today. Tyres worked out great, race conditions were fine, it was just a perfect race for us, fantastico!», De Plano smiled widely after the podium ceremony. He had driven his fastest lap in 1:26,726 and in fact sent Mahaveer Raghunathan on P3. The Indian finished with an significant gap of 18,516 seconds behind De Plano.
Marc Faggionato (Zig Zag), Walter Steding (Inter Europol Competition), Armando Mangini (MM International Motorsport), Peter Göllner (Speed Center), PETER (Ray-Ban), Christian Eicke (Speed Center) and Wolfgang Jordan (H&A Racing) finished on following positions. Karl-Heinz Becker (Becker Motorsport) had to quit his race after lap 10 due to technical issues. Veronika Cicha spun off the track already in first lap. Peter Göllner had a spun during the start phase too, but managed well and was able to continue the race, as well as Wolfgang Jordan in lap 5.
These are the results of the FORMULA class at race 2 in Assen:
|Position||No.||Name||Nat.||Team||Car||Fastest lap (min)||In||Total time||Laps||km/h|
|1||444||Johann Ledermair||AUT||Ledermair Motorsport||Dallara GP2||1:25,624||3||26:41,624||18||184,30|
|2||999||Salvatore De Plano||ITA||MM International Motorsport||Dallara GP2||1:26,726||2||26:53,130||18||182,97|
|3||115||Mahaveer Raghunathan||IND||PS Racing by Coloni Motorsport||Lola Auto GP||1:27,661||4||27:11,646||18||180,89|
|4||129||Marc Faggionato||MC||Team Zig Zag||Dallara GP2||1:28,244||9||27:24,519||18||179,48|
|5||505||Walter Steding||GER||Inter Europol Competition||Dallara GP2||1:33,302||13||26:41,110||17||174,10|
|6||323||Armando Mangini||ITA||MM International Motorsport||Dallara GP2||1:33,010||3||27:14,320||17||170,57|
|7||101||Peter Göllner||SUI||Speed Center||Dallara GP2||1:30,698||12||27:24,096||17||169,55|
|8||111||‘PETER’||FRA||Team Ray Ban||Dallara World Series by Renault||1:33,845||10||26:26,226||16||165,40|
|9||555||Christian Eicke||SUI||Speed Center||Dallara GP2||1:34,142||13||26:26,631||16||165,36|
|10||105||Wolfgang Jordan||GER||H&A Racing||Dallara GP2||1:36,602||9||27:50,682||15||147,22|
|11||411||Karl-Heinz Becker||GER||Becker Motorsport||Dallara World Series by Nissan||1:34,189||9||17:24,223||10||157,03|
|12||222||Veronika Cicha||CZ||H&A Racing||Dallara GP2|
So at the end of the race weekend in Assen, fifth stage of the BOSS GP championship 2017 overall, the total ranking of the FORMULA class hasn’t changed that much: Mahaveer Raghunathan is keeping the lead of the overall ranking with now 213 points, followed by Salvatore De Plano with 199 points. Johann Ledermair follows sharply behind on third rank with now 197 points.
Since OPEN and FORMULA class have different classifications, but drive together at the same race, the whole start grid of 14 drivers started at the same race. Next stage of the 2017 BOSS GP championship season is Brno (CZ) on 9th/10th of September 2017.
Picture gallery of Assen 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/assen-gamma-racing-days
OPEN class: Race 2 at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-gerstl-back-on-p1-in-race-2
FORMULA class: Race 1 at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-ledermair-wins-race-and-p1
FORMULA class: Qualifying at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-qualifying-in-assen-ledermair-fastest-formula-driver
FORMULA class: Free practice at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-early-finish-after-a-crash-ledermair-back-on-track-and-top-of-the-field
FORMULA class: Start list at “Gamma Racing Days” in Assen 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-start-list-for-the-gamma-racing-days-in-assen-ned-is-set
Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings