Review of a surprising Friday at the Masaryk Racing Days.
If we look at today’s practice times, we can expect an exciting battle for pole position tomorrow, especially in the FORMULA class. With only small gaps Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) and Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) as well as Roman Hoffmann (AUT, Hoffmann Racing) qualified for the qualifying of the five fastest pilots from the free practice sessions. Hoffmann in particular could give the two fast Italians a good run for their only fifth race tomorrow in a GP2 Dallara. For the first time Walter Steding (DEU, MM International) also qualified for Q1. Can he even compete for a podium tomorrow?
The fastest drivers qualified for Q2 are Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Coloni) in his A1GP car and Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed). Bianca Steiner (7th in class; AUT, Steiner Motorsport) tried to settle in today. She make her comeback in the BOSS GP Racing Series after a long break from racing. Only for the second time at the start of a BOSS GP racing weekend is hill climb specialist Christian Ferstl (AUT, Ferstl Racing), today it was enough for eighth place in the class, and he is expecting even more on Saturday and Sunday. Behind him in the tableau follow Armando Mangini (ITA, MM International), Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) and Bruno Jarach (EST, Scuderia Palladio).
Fastest today was Brno lap record holder Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) in his Toro Rosso STR1 with V10 Cosworth power. He set the best time with 1:39.051. The qualifying session, divided into two groups, will start tomorrow Saturday at 9:30 am.
Photo: Dirk Hartung
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.