Ingo Gerstl secures the title with his seventh win of the season.
It wasn’t a
surprise anymore: Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) won the first race of the BOSS
GP this weekend and finally fixed his fifth BOSS GP title in the highest
sporting point of view, the FORMULA category is more valuable at the moment,
which has become even more acute after the first race of the day: The victory went
to guest starter Christopher Höher (AUT, Top Speed), who was already the
fastest Formula 2 driver in qualifying. For Höher it was an emotionally
important victory, he drives in memory of his recently deceased father.
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) drove an important race: He crossed the finish
line behind Höher without a single mistake, ahead of championship leader and
main rival Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center). Ghiotto thus reduced the
gap in the overall standings to Bracalente, who benefited from a penalty for
Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center). The fast Frenchman finished third,
but this time it wasn’t going to be the desired podium: The race commissioners
sanctioned an overtaking manoeuvre under Full Course Yellow with a 30-sec-penalty.
Fiedler (AUT, Fiedler Racing) finished fourth ahead of Haezebrouck, Florian
Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) lost a few places and crossed the line on sixth
exciting duels were delivered by the fighting group with Nicolas Matile (MCO,
Zig-Zag), Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) and Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM
International). Because Matiles Auto GP Lola stopped at the start, he had to
line up at the back of the grid for the flying start. In the end he beat
Martucci and Ripoli with some strong manoeuvres and finished seventh in the
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) stayed in front of Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed
Center), who came closer towards the end, but did not manage to pass his rival.
Thomas Jakoubek (AUT, Top Speed) finished on 12th place after a pit stop.
prevented a race on Saturday afternoon. The organizers decided to start both
races on Sunday. Although it rained also today, there was much less standing water
on the track. At first the race started behind the safety car, after two laps the
pace car drove to the pits. The only incident tricky conditions during the race
was a spin by last year’s winner Marc Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag).
First row for the Top Speed drivers Gerstl and Höher.
for races 9 and 10 of the BOSS GP 2019 was held at 11 degrees outside
temperature and in drizzle. At least the choice of tyres was easy: all the
drivers went for the Pirelli Cinturato rain tyre. Despite the difficult weather
conditions the BOSS GP pilots did a good job keeping their racing cars on the
expected, Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) in Toro Rosso STR1 took another pole
position for the two races in Brno. Next to him Christopher Höher (AUT, Top
Speed) starts from row 1 in the best FORMULA car.
spin at the beginning of Q2 Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) got into the
right rhythm. With position 3 he starts one place ahead of rival Alessandro
Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center). Bracalente had to deal with less driving time
in Q1 for yesterday’s top 5. Although the conditions in both sessions remained
the same, the drivers from Q2 were able to rewind significantly more laps. In
the rain this is usually an advantage.
From row 3
the reigning champion Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed) and Philippe
Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) will start the races. Haezebrouck finished the
session with an even faster time, but it was cancelled due to the disregard of
a yellow flag. The same happened to four other pilots.
winner Marc Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag) ended up eighth behind Andreas Fiedler
(DEU, Fiedler Racing), Thomas Jakoubek (AUT, Top Speed) in ninth place despite
little rain experience, Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) in 10th place
Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag) and Gianluca Ripoli (ITA, MM International) starting from
row 6. Walter Steding (DEU, Inter Europol), who rolled out with a defect
shortly before the end of qualifying, and Christian Eicke (SUI, Speed Center)
will start from row 7. Teammate Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center) missed the
qualifying session, but can start in the races.
race over 20 minutes starts today at 14:50 on Saturday.
The Masaryk Racing Days kicked off with roaring engines.
the usual practice day – that means two 30-minute track sessions for the
high-speed monsters of BOSS GP. The fastest driver on the first day of the
Masaryk Racing Days in Brno was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) in his 2006 Toro
Rosso Formula 1 car. Gerstl set a superb time of 1:36,368 in his first fast lap
of the day, just one second above last year’s lap record (1:35,155). A new
track record is targeted but could be prevented by the forecast rainy weather
was also fastest in the FORMULA category: Christopher Höher (AUT, Top Speed) is
making his BOSS GP comeback this weekend. The 22-year-old is no unknown in
racing, he already competed in the ADAC GT Masters and is multiple Austrian racing
car champion. He has also left his mark with successes in the BOSS GP. In
practice, Höher blasted a lap with 1:43.906 which was more than one and a half
seconds faster than the second fastest Formula 2. For Bracalente, Fiedler &
Co. he will be hard to crack this weekend. Höher also drives in memory of his
recently passed away father. A special design on the Dallara Mecachrome is
reminiscent in honour of the biggest supporter of his motorsport career.
the standings Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) nevertheless
experienced a good training day, also because he, unlike his title opponent
Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio), remained without a spin. While
Bracalente qualified for Q1, Ghiotto must qualify in Q2. Whether it is an advantage,
or a disadvantage will be proven tomorrow in qualifying at 10 am.
fastest FORMULA driver in the free practice sessions was Marc Faggionato (MCO,
Zig-Zag). Last year’s winner in his art car will certainly be one of the promising
candidates for a trophy this year as well. Luca Martucci (ITA, MM
International) rolled out to the start-finish line in the second practice
session, nevertheless he also qualified for Q1 with the fourth fastest FORMULA
time. Back in the BOSS GP is Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed). The 2018
FORMULA Champion is only occasionally at the start this year, with the sixth
fastest time he proved that he would like to have a say about the podium places
on Saturday and Sunday.
GP pilots used the test day on Thursday to prepare for the weekend. For
Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed) the race weekend was over before it even began.
Problems with the engine could not be solved on site. Armando Mangini (ITA, MM
International) is also missing. He is recovering from an operation and supports
his team mates on site. Still, tomorrow 15 motivated drivers go into the first
race day. Qualifying starts at 10 am, followed by the first race at 2:50 pm.