Ghiotto defends all attacks and triumphs again.
It was not only the asphalt that was boiling on this race Saturday at the BOSS GP premiere at the World Circuit Misano. It also became hot under the helmets, as numerous drivers saw their chances of overall victory this time because of the absence of Formula 1 and IndyCars from the OPEN class.
Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) and Gianluca De Lorenzi (RSM, GDL Racing) started the 20-minute race from row 1. But already on the first metres they got company from Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International), who had started from the second row. Martucci pushed alongside and wanted to take the lead. But Ghiotto held his own, braking on the inside and a little later than Martucci, thus retaining the top position. Behind, Martucci ran out of room against Colombo and Fiedler, resulting in a collision with Thomas Jackermeier, who touched Martucci’s Dallara GP2. Both drivers were able to continue the race. Jackermeier, however, only after a safety stop at his crew in the pits.
Further back in the field, Christian Ferstl’s race came to an end on lap 2, while he was in an intense three-way battle with Bruno Jarach (EST, Eesti Motorsport) and Paul O’Connell (IRE, HS Engineering). Because the car of hillclimb specialist Ferstl parked on a dangerous spot, the Fanatec Safety Car was sent out onto the track.
At the restart, Ghiotto was confronted with the next attack, because Colombo tried to pass the defending champion in the first corner, a slow right-left-right combination. But Ghiotto blocked cleverly, and Colombo also demolished his front wing in the failed overtaking attempt. It did not take long for De Lorenzi to take advantage of Colombo’s resulting handling problems and retake second place. The quickest World Series by Renault driver quickly set off in pursuit of Ghiotto – pushing hard with fastest lap times. But Ghiotto was smart with his tyres and really gear up the pace at the halfway point of the race. De Lorenzi, on the other hand, was suddenly busy with Colombo, who was still able to keep Martucci behind him with a slightly damaged front wing. On the penultimate lap, Colombo made the overtaking manoeuvre and passed De Lorenzi. Things got even worse, as Martucci also overtook Gianluca on the very last lap and made it onto the podium.
This meant that the podium was completely in Italian hands this time: Ghiotto triumphed in the fifth race this year for the fourth time in the FORMULA class. BOSS GP rookie Simone Colombo not only scored 22 valuable points with second place, but also his best career finish, and Luca Martucci stood on the class podium for the third time this year.
Behind De Lorenzi, O’Connell crossed the finish line in the HS Engineering winning car from Spielberg. The Irishman showed a strong race performance from the last grid position and was rewarded with fifth place. Even the experienced Andreas Fiedler, who even tackled the top-3 in the first laps of the race, and Walter Steding (GER, Scuderia Palladio) could not keep the BOSS GP newcomer behind them. Simon Jackermeier (GER, Top Speed) also finished his very first race respectably and without major difficulties in eight place in the FORMULA classification.
The winner’s trophy in the SUPER LIGHTS classification went to Maurizio Copetti (Scuderia Palladio). Copetti made sure that the Italian anthem was played twice today. After a warm-up at 9:30 a.m., the 25-minute main race of the BOSS GP Racing Series will follow tomorrow, Sunday, at 3:10 p.m. local time (again in the livestream) as part of the Peroni race weekend in Misano.
Pictures: Angelo Poletto/BOSS GP