First BOSS GP races will be held in Imola on 11 and 12 July.
The event and travel restrictions have also affected the BOSS GP Racing Calendar in 2020. Nevertheless, there is good news: The championship can start in just a few weeks. The first two races will already be held on the weekend of 11 and 12 July at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. This makes the BOSS GP races “Forza Fanatec” in Imola the first major motor sport event in Italy after the Coronavirus crisis. By the way, the season finale in October will also take place on the former Formula 1 racetrack in Imola.
The event is hosted by the experienced organizers of Gruppo Peroni. The event will last two days, and there will also be several support races. Whether spectators will be allowed has not yet been decided. Further details will be published on www.bossgp.com in the next few days.
11/12 July Imola (Italy) Forza Fanatec
4–6 September Brno (Czech Republic) Masaryk Racing Days
25–27 September Assen (Netherlands) Cuvee Sensorium Grand Prix
9–11 October Mugello (Italy) BOSS Mugello Grand Prix
23–25 October Imola (Italy) Pirelli Grande Finale
In addition, the organizers of BOSS GP are currently making intensive efforts to hold another race on a well-known Formula 1 racetrack in August. This would ensure the originally planned twelve races on six race weekends in this year’s BOSS GP Racing Series calendar.
Europe’s most exciting racing series visits six top-class racetracks in the upcoming season – two of them are new on the schedule.
The 26th season of BOSS GP begins with a premiere. The
opening race of this spectacular motorsport series will take place at the end
of March in Mugello. The MotoGP circuit is one of the most popular tracks in
Italy and is owned by Ferrari. In 2020 the location will be back on the BOSS GP
schedule after a five-year break. From 27 to 29 March, the comeback of the Big
Open Single Seater series will be the highlight of the Peroni Racing Weekend.
From 24 to 26 April, the fastest racing cars on the
continent will be guests at the Hockenheimring in Germany. The Bosch Hockenheim
Historic is one of the most important classic racing events in Europe and
attracts numerous spectators to the Motodrom year after year. In the program of
the revival dedicated to Jim Clark, BOSS GP is a perfect headliner.
A completely new racetrack for the BOSS GP pilots will
follow in June: The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is the venue for
races 5 and 6 of the season. The flat track is technically demanding and an
ideal playground for BOSS GP racing. The racetrack near Rimini is located
directly on the Adriatic coast and can be easily combined with a holiday.
In 2020 the BOSS GP series is again part of the Gamma
Race Days in Assen. After the summer break in July, Formula 1, Formula 2 and other
spectacular monoposto cars will show their strength from 7 to 9 August in front
of an enormous crowd of 100,000 Dutch fans. In addition to BOSS GP,
motorcycles, touring cars and superkarts will also be putting the pedal to the
metal. Admission is free.
The first weekend of September (4–6) will see the
Masaryk Racing Days in Brno on the schedule of the BOSS GP racing series. The
biggest Czech circuit will be once again a thrilling location, which has
delivered exciting BOSS GP races in the past.
The grand final will take place in Imola like in 2019. After a successful comeback with fantastic races and satisfied drivers, BOSS GP will return to the Emilia-Romagna region on 23, 24 and 25 October. We hope for another exciting title decision as in FORMULA class 2019.
As usual there will be two free practice sessions, one qualifying session and two 20 to 25-minute races on each race weekend. The exact timetables and ticket information will be published on bossgp.com prior to the races.
BOSS GP driver Armando Mangini retires, but remains with the series.
BOSS GP veteran Armando Mangini has announced his retirement from active racing at his home race in Imola. Mangini has been part of the BOSS GP family for nine consecutive years. The Italian contested a total of 72 races in Europe’s fastest racing series. A hand injury after a practice accident prevented races number 73 and 74 in Imola. Armando took it calmly: “I wanted to stop anyway.”
The Italian had his biggest sporting success last year in Monza. He won the Sunday race of the FORMULA class in his Dallara GP2 car. In a chaotic race he kept a cool head and drove to victory with constant lap times. These characteristics distinguished him for many years. Without making stupid mistakes, he drove the high-performance machines at a pace that challenged his often younger teammates.
Mangini announced his plans at a farewell party at the Cuvée Sensorium victory ceremony in the BOSS GP hospitality. “Now it’s time to give the younger ones a chance.” As a farewell gift Armando gave his long-time competitors on the track and friends beside the racetrack bathrobes with personal imprints.
For next year, however, Mangini will remain in the BOSS GP as team manager. MM International is planning to have more than three cars at the start next season, according to Mangini. We wish him all the best – behind the pit wall and in his private life.
FORMULA title decision: Bracalente wins the race, Marco Ghiotto the championship.
How can it be better? The final decision for the championship title in the FORMULA class was made in the twelfth and last BOSS GP season race of 2019. Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) went into the race weekend with better chances. After Alessandro Bracalente’s (ITA, Speed Center) victory in Saturday’s race his lead reduced from 15 to 12 points. This means: Ghiotto had to be at least sixth today if Bracalente scores another victory in Sunday’s race.
Ghiotto already had a shock moment at the start of the warm-up lap when his red GP2 Dallara did not come off the spot. Lucky for Ghiotto: Because a second car also stopped, Ghiotto could line up again in the second row of the grid for the rolling start. The Scuderia Palladio was able to breathe a short sigh of relief.
The best start behind OPEN champion Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) had Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International), who almost caught Bracalente at the top. Ghiotto not only lost the place to Martucci, but also to Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed). However, Ghiotto overtook both again in the early stages and even managed to catch up with Bracalente with a couple of fast lap times. With second place he was fully on target for the title.
And it remained like that. Bracalente won the last race of the season and ended the year with an incredible result for a rookie: 5 victories, 10 podium places and only two retirements. In the end, one too many to defeat his fellow countryman Ghiotto, who also has a great score: 9 podium finishes and 2 victories, but only one DNF. After six exciting race weekends in Hockenheim, Spielberg, Monza, Assen, Brno and Imola, the new FORMULA champion Ghiotto and his opponent Bracalente finally separated by only nine points.
in the race went to Martucci, who fought again with de Plano until the middle
of the race. De Plano finished fourth ahead of Andreas Fiedler, who secured
third place in the championship with a damaged gearbox.
duel was delivered by Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) and Gianluca
Ripoli (ITA, MM International), with a better end for the Frenchman. Until the
last lap both were within striking distance of each other on the 4.9-kilometer
course. Towards the end of the 25-minute race, Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed
Center) also caught up with the two, but could no longer attack. He finished
the season with a respectable eighth place. Nicolas Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag)
finished ninth in the class. By the way good news for the championship: His
Team Zig-Zag Motorsport Service announced that they would be competing in more
than two races next year.
Overall winner of the race was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed), who once again put the pedal to the medal today in his Toro Rosso STR1. Although his mechanics gave everything, Phil Stratford had to load his Benetton B197 into the van early due to a defect. Second in the OPEN class and new runner-up instead is “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban), whose team managed to repair a big oil leak just before race began.
Next up: The
BOSS GP annual award ceremony will take place on 7 December in Salzburg.
Alessandro Bracalente reduces the gap to championship leader Ghiotto by winning his 4th race of the year.
Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) drove unchallenged to his fourth victory of the
season in the FORMULA class. The BOSS GP rookie thus reduced the gap to Marco
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) in the points standings from 15 to only 12
points. Now it is clear that the championship will be decided in the last race
on Sunday. Ghiotto followed Bracalente throughout the race like a shadow. Only
at the end of the race he lost the connection to Bracalente and the gap grow to
an high of four seconds at the finish line.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) showed an incredible pace at the finish. At
the beginning of the race he dropped back to 9th place, but on the last lap he
made it onto the podium. For Martucci it is his fifth visit on the podium in
2019. In a courageous last lap manoeuvre, he overtook Salvatore de Plano (ITA,
Top Speed), who seems to have bad luck on his racing boots. For de Plano it was
nevertheless the second-best result of the season and the highest finish since
the Hockenheim season opener.
Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) was also involved in the fight for the podium at
the opening stage of the race. In the end he finished fifth. He scored five
championship points more than Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center), who
finished seventh. Tomorrow Haezebrouck and Fiedler will fight for third place
in the FORMULA ranking.
Faggionato (MCO, Zig-Zag) could not set any time in qualifying because his car
had not been repaired in time. That didn’t stop him from moving up to 6th place
from last position on the grid. For several laps he battled with Haezebrouck
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) was surprisingly in the top 6 at the beginning of
the race, ahead of Martucci and Haezebrouck. With rank 8, he finished in good
midfield this time.
Matile (MCO, Zig-Zag) finished 9th with the only Auto GP Lola in the field.
Peter Göllner won the internal team duel between him and Christian Eicke (both
SUI, Speed Center).
Ripoli (ITA, MM International) and Ulf Ehninger (DEU, ESBA Racing) had to
retire early in the race. Because Ripoli stopped at the warm-up lap, he had to
start at the back of the grid at the Indy start. He tried to improve his
position in the first lap and collided with Ehninger’s Benetton in the Tosa
victory was again secured by Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed). Not surprisingly,
the already crowned OPEN champion in his Toro Rosso dominated the eleventh race
of the season.
and last race of the BOSS GP anniversary season will take place tomorrow Sunday
at 2:10 p.m., before that at 10:30 a.m. is BOSS GP’s warm-up session.
The last qualifying session of 2019 promises high tension in the fight for the BOSS GP FORMULA title.
(AUT, Top Speed) in the Toro Rosso STR1 takes his fifth pole position in the
sixth race of the year. Behind him title contender Alessandro Bracalente (ITA,
Speed Center) set the fastest time of the FORMULA drivers and put himself in a
good position for the first race on Saturday afternoon (starting time: 15:50).
With 1:30.641 he was a solid six-tenths faster than championship leader Marco
Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio), who will start the race in third place from
the second row of the grid. On the very last lap Ghiotto managed to drive into
the top-3. Should Ghiotto win the first race, Bracalente must finish at least
sixth to postpone the title decision until the last race on Sunday.
Martucci (ITA, MM International) starts from row 2 next to Ghiotto. This means
that three Italian will chase pole setter Ingo Gerstl through Tamburello, Acque
Minerali, Rivazza and Co. Benetton driver Phil Stratford (USA, Penn Elcom) had
to retire from qualifying early. There had already been a leak in the gearbox
yesterday. With just one fast lap he qualified in fifth place on the grid.
driver in Q2 was Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed), who qualified sixth
overall. After a messed-up season, he wants to perform strongly in the finale.
Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) increased his pace from lap to lap as usual. When
hardly anyone could further improve his lap times, Fiedler drove the seventh
fastest time. So, Fiedler starts a row
ahead of his fiercest competitor for third place in the championship: Philippe
Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center).
Steding (DEU, Inter Europol) proved the strong impression from the free
practice sessions on Friday with rank 10. With 10th place he was able to repeat
his best qualifying result of this year in Assen.
of two races this weekend will have a distance of 20 minutes and begin at 3:50
p.m. – according to the forecast at dry weather and 22 degrees.
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.
The grand finale of the BOSS GP anniversary season will take place from 11 to 13 October – back in Imola after a two-year break.
The hilly and challenging course in the Italian town of Imola is the ideal venue for this season’s finale of Europe’s fastest racing series. Built in the 1950s, the Imola circuit has seen many triumphs and tragedies. The track, named after Enzo Ferrari and his early deceased son Dino, is still a highlight for every racing driver today. Although the track has not been on the Formula 1 racing calendar for several years, the 4.9-kilometre-long asphalt track has all the ingredients of a world-class track. Imola is also the only track in the BOSS GP calendar to be driven counterclockwise. This affects the set-up of the racing cars (more left turns) as well as the pilots themselves, where the neck muscles, for example, are subjected to different stresses. At the last appearance in Imola in 2017 the race winners were Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) and Rinus van Kalmthout (NLD, Mansell Motorsport).
Why the BOSS GP Grande Finale is worth visiting?
The sixth round of the season with races 11 and 12 will decide the championship title in the FORMULA class. While Toro Rosso driver Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) has defended his title in the OPEN classification prematurely, two Italians in their Formula 2 cars fight for the first place in the FORMULA ranking: Marco Ghiotto (Scuderia Palladio) goes after three second places en suite into the final round with a lead of 15 points over Alessandro Bracalente (Speed Center). A technical retirement at the last race in Brno meant that Bracalente is now the chaser. 50 points can still be scored in Imola, so Andreas Fiedler (DEU, Fiedler Racing) has still theoretical chances for the title. Practically he is fighting for third place against Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center). Who may put on the “crown”, will be determined at the very latest next Sunday.
In addition to BOSS GP, modern and historic sports car and touring car series are part of an exciting race weekend. The Renault Clio Cup, Lotus Cup and Alfa Revival Cup will, as usual, ensure exciting motorsport too.
BOSS GP schedule Imola
Friday, 11 October 2019: 10:45–11:15 Free Practice 1 (30 Minutes) 15:40–16:10 Free Practice 2 (30 Minutes)
Saturday, 12 October 2019: 10:50–11:20 Qualifying (Q1: 8 Minutes/Break: 2 Minutes/Q2: 20 Minutes) 15:50–16:25 Race 1 (20 Minutes)
The 25th season of the BOSS GP starts with the Jim Clark Revival in the Hockenheim Motodrom. The event from 26 to 28 April is devoted to the Formula 1 legend who died in an accident at Hockenheim. The event is one of the most important classic racing events in Europe, and in 2019 the BOSS GP will once again be the main event of this highlight.
On the second race weekend from 23 to 25 May, the BOSS GP will be making a guest appearance in the new home of the racing series. At the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Big Open Single Seaters will share the program with the KTM X-Bow Battle for the first time. The sports car racing series is one of the strongest one-make championships in the world. The event at Spielberg takes place from Thursday to Saturday.
In June (Update: 14–16 instead of 21–23) the first of two Italian appearances of the BOSS GP 2019 will take place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. On Italy’s fastest motorway, the adrenaline level will rise as always, because besides skill, the drivers will also need a lot of courage.
Another highlight in the 2019 calendar is the popular event in Assen (Netherlands). Instead of the Gamma Race Days, this time the BOSS GP will be part of the DTM programme (19 to 21 July). Last year, BOSS GP and the German premium touring car series had already contested the event together in Spielberg, and now the partnership is being extended.
From September 6th to 8th, the BOSS GP will once again attend the Masaryk Racing Days in Brno. The Czech racetrack attracts with a roller coaster that is well appreciated by the drivers. The most exciting races of 2018 took place here.
The BOSS GP will return to Italy for the final round of 2019 and to Imola after a one-year break. The races will take place on the former Formula 1 track from 11 to 13 October.
In the calendar planning, particular importance was attached to extending the intervals between the individual events and dividing the races into seven months. There will be a summer break in August.
As usual, every race weekend will have two races of 20-25 minutes each, in addition to training and qualifying. The exact schedules will be published at www.bossgp.com before the races.
Heavy change of the weather conditions im Imola over night lead to another exciting race on Sunday morning. The last race of the BOSS GP season 2017 brought another face on the P1 than Ingo Gerstls – young Dutch Rinus van Kalmthout won his second podium of the season.
Just two OPEN class drivers were left in the start grid of the BOSS GP season final: Rinus van Kalmthout (Mansell Motorsport) and Phil Stratford (Penn Elcom Racing). Ingo Gerstl, who actually had secured his Championship title 2017 already a couple of races ago, stepped back from the race and didn’t compete. “There are technical issues related to these weather conditions. I don’t wanna risk driving the race without the necessary technical tests”, Gerstl told us.
So it was a free lane for van Kalmthout. And the young Dutch did very well, driving his sixth race in his BOSS GP debut season in Imola. Van Kalmthout left no doubt about his sovereignty and aimed a start-finish-victory. “It was a good race and a good weekend, I really like the track here in Imola”, van Kalmthout said after the podium ceremony. “I’ve never driven that car before in rain, so it felt different and much slower. So I gained a lot of experience this weeekend, which is good for the future.”
Phil Stratford drove a souveign rain-race as well and even managed to overtake FORMULA class driver Florian Schnitzebaumer after lap 3. The gap between van Kalmthout and Stratford indeed was 1:22,972 min, so P1 for the Dutch was never questioned.
Finally Ingo Gerstl defended the BOSS GP Championship 2017 more than successful with eight P1 out of nine races and 200 points in total. A victory, that was never questioned. Runner up – in his first BOSS GP season and making his debut in this car – is Rinus van Kalmthout with a total of 116 points. He is followed from third ranked Phil Stratford with a total of 111 points. Find the full standings of the whole grid on our ranking table.
Results of race 2 of OPEN class at “Peroni Race Weekend”: