Three drivers had registered for the BOSS GP OPEN class at the “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno (CZ). Season races 10 and 11 will take place at the circuit in the southeast of Czechia. The first free practice was scheduled on Friday morning (7th of September) at 11:00 a.m. It was a smooth practice session under best conditions.
Both BOSS GP classes — OPEN and FORMULA class — went on track together for the practice session. Just two OPEN class driver tested their cars on the track. Ingo Gerstl (Top Speed) showed a strong performance and a really fast best lap on the Czechian track. Bernd Herndlhofer (H&A Racing) debuted in the 2017 season — for the first time he went on track this years at the BOSS GP. Wolfgang Jaksch (F Xtreme Racing Team) didn’t participate on the 25 minutes lasting practices session due to technical issues. Nevertheless — weather conditions in Brno are great: 17°, sunny and dry.
One red flag phase slowed drivers down after the first couple of legs, when local hero Veronika Cicha (H&A Racing Team) of FORMULA class spun off the track with her Dallara GP2. But finally drivers tested the circuit and reigning champion and current leader of the OPEN class, Austrian Ingo Gerstl, outperformed with his Toro Rosso STR1 on the Brno circuit. With his best lap in 1:37.072 min in his first lap on track he beat the BOSS GP track record in Brno (1:39,093 min), which he actually had performed himself. Since official track records are only counted during Races, the current track record will remain. But maybe Gerstl is performing more fast laps this race weekend?
Bernd Herndlhofer as well showed a strong performance at his season debut for the BOSS GP. For the first time this year the Austrian went on track with his Arrows A22 at the free practice.
It can be assumed, that the currently overall second ranked driver of the OPEN class, Wolfgang Jaksch, will be on track in the afternoon at the second free practice.
Results of first free practice of OPEN class at «Masaryk Racing Days»:
|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||1:37,072||1||3||200,375|
|2||21||Bernd Herndlhofer||AUT||H&A Racing||Arrows A22||1:43,566||7||6,494||9||187,811|
Picture gallery of Brno 2017: bossgp.com/gallery/brno-masaryk-racing-days-2/
FORMULA class: First free practice in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/formula-class-raghunathan-shows-fastest-lap-during-first-free-practice/
OPEN class: Start list at “Masaryk Racing Days” in Brno 2017: bossgp.com/open-class-start-list-for-masaryk-racing-days-in-brno-cz-is-set/
Standings of season 2017: bossgp.com/standings