With speeds over 190 miles per hour, Formula 1 and Formula 2 are back in Imola.
The BOSS GP
Grande Final is under way: After a year’s interruption, Europe’s fastest racing
series is back on track at the legendary Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in
Imola. For most BOSS GP drivers, the former Formula 1 circuit is no unknown,
although the limited practice time was used extensively by the drivers on
Fastest of the two combined practice sessions was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) with a time of 1:27.703. Gerstl also set the speed record on day 1 in his Toro Rosso powered by a V10 Cosworth engine with a speed of 310 km/h before braking for the first corner. Also in good shape is Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom) in his Benetton Formula 1. After a two-race break, he set the fastest time in the first free practice on his favourite track. Because Ulf Ehninger (DEU, ESBA Racing) returns this time too, we even see two light blue Benetton from 1997.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) seems to be motivated by numerous fans this
weekend. Today he was the fastest FORMULA pilot and thus also faster than the
two title candidates Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) and Marco
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio). However, both qualified safely for Qualifying
this Friday didn’t bring any big surprises. Nicolas Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag) in
the only Auto GP car lost his car on oil in the first practice session, Armando
Mangini spun into the rail during FP2 and “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban) had
to get out of his smoking car. All three can participate tomorrow. The
qualifying starts Saturday at 10:50 a.m., the 11th race of the season starts
shortly before 4 p.m.
Friday in Monza: Getting used to the high-speed track in the Royal Park.
Speeds beyond 300 kph demand man and machine. It’s good that on Friday there were two 30-minute practice sessions for the BOSS GP drivers.
man in this high-speed challenge was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed). The reigning
OPEN champion set his fastest time (1:29.929) in the second free practice
session in the afternoon. With similar good conditions tomorrow another big
improvement in lap time is possible for Gerstl in his Toro Rosso STR1.
Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom) finished with the second-fastest time of the day in
the Benetton B197, by far behind Gerstl but in front of the Formula 2 cars. He
will probably be the only driver who can challenge Gerstl this weekend.
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) was third fastest in both practice sessions.
Last year’s winner at Monza is the hottest candidate for FORMULA victory.
Italians managed to set a lap time of 1 minute 39 seconds: Luca Martucci (MM
International), Sergio Ghiotto (Scuderia Palladio), Armando Mangini (MM
International), Salvatore de Plano (Top Speed), Alessandro Bracalente (Speed
Center) will also be playing a big role in tomorrow’s fight for pole position.
Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) failed close to manage a 1:39 lap. In
practice 2 Fiedler was involved in an incident with De Plano, Peter Göllner
(SUI, Speed Center) and Martucci, both Fiedler and Martucci had an early end to
Eicke (SUI, Speed Center) set a great time in the first practice session. With
a flattened rear wing and therefore little drag, he managed the second fastest
time in sectors 1 and 3, beaten only by Ingo Gerstl’s Formula 1. However, Eicke
had an accident only a little later at the end of the Ascari variant. But he
will be able to participate again in the fight for pole position on Saturday.
will take part in qualifying tomorrow at 9:45 am. Today’s top 5 start in Q1 (8
minutes), the remaining drivers in Q2 (20 minutes). The fastest driver from the
two combined sessions will be the first to start the 25-minute race at 16:00,
the fifth in this BOSS GP anniversary season 2019.