Riccardo Ponzio brings a Jaguar Formula 1 onto the grid in 2020.
The 22-year-old Italian Riccardo Ponzio will compete in a Jaguar Formula 1 car for the full BOSS GP season in the OPEN class. The spectacular new project for the 2020 BOSS GP campaign was launched yesterday with an impressive presentation.
The car from 2002 is powered by a 750 hp Cosworth V10 engine. Eddie Irvine, who was the race driver at the time, was able to finish on the podium in Monza. Ponzio, who won the Italian Formula 3 in 2017, also has ambitious aims: “Nothing can really prepare you to drive a car with almost 1000 hp. But the first few kilometres showed me: I feel ready to make my debut.”
The project is set to run for two years. Ponzio and his Jaguar R3 will make their first appearance in BOSS GP 2020 at the season opener in Mugello from March 27 to 29.
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.
The first race of BOSS GP in Brno has been postponed to Sunday, starting time 9:15 am.
The heavy rain caused Volker Ehekircher, the race director and series organiser to postpone the race scheduled for 14:50 today to Sunday. The weather forecasts promise better conditions for the second race day at the Masaryk Racing Days.
The warm-up scheduled for tomorrow will not take place, instead two BOSS GP races will be held on just one day. Race 1 starts at 9:15, race 2 at 12:55. Both races have a distance of 20 minutes.
22 drivers and 11 teams have already confirmed their participation in the BOSS GP race series 2019. New for the upcoming season: The PRESTIGE category for cars with 6-cylinder engines.
In 2019, if there are enough registrations, a separate classification for the 6-cylinder cars will be awarded. This concerns, among other cars, older World Series vehicles. Alongside the OPEN (F1, IndyCar) and the FORMULA (GP2, World Series, A1 GP, Auto GP, Superleague etc.), there is now a third classification within the Big Open Single Seaters.
With Formula Prestige and ESBA Racing, two new teams have announced their involvement in the BOSS GP 2019. The GT-experienced team ESBA enters a 1997 Benetton F1 for the German Ulf Ehninger. This would allow us to see a second B197 in the OPEN class alongside Phil Stratford’s car.
The Italian based team Formula Prestige has announced two drivers seats. You can still apply to the team for a place in one of their World Series race cars. More details on their fan page: www.facebook.com/formulaprestige