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.
The Masaryk Racing Days kicked off with roaring engines.
the usual practice day – that means two 30-minute track sessions for the
high-speed monsters of BOSS GP. The fastest driver on the first day of the
Masaryk Racing Days in Brno was Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed) in his 2006 Toro
Rosso Formula 1 car. Gerstl set a superb time of 1:36,368 in his first fast lap
of the day, just one second above last year’s lap record (1:35,155). A new
track record is targeted but could be prevented by the forecast rainy weather
was also fastest in the FORMULA category: Christopher Höher (AUT, Top Speed) is
making his BOSS GP comeback this weekend. The 22-year-old is no unknown in
racing, he already competed in the ADAC GT Masters and is multiple Austrian racing
car champion. He has also left his mark with successes in the BOSS GP. In
practice, Höher blasted a lap with 1:43.906 which was more than one and a half
seconds faster than the second fastest Formula 2. For Bracalente, Fiedler &
Co. he will be hard to crack this weekend. Höher also drives in memory of his
recently passed away father. A special design on the Dallara Mecachrome is
reminiscent in honour of the biggest supporter of his motorsport career.
the standings Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center) nevertheless
experienced a good training day, also because he, unlike his title opponent
Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio), remained without a spin. While
Bracalente qualified for Q1, Ghiotto must qualify in Q2. Whether it is an advantage,
or a disadvantage will be proven tomorrow in qualifying at 10 am.
fastest FORMULA driver in the free practice sessions was Marc Faggionato (MCO,
Zig-Zag). Last year’s winner in his art car will certainly be one of the promising
candidates for a trophy this year as well. Luca Martucci (ITA, MM
International) rolled out to the start-finish line in the second practice
session, nevertheless he also qualified for Q1 with the fourth fastest FORMULA
time. Back in the BOSS GP is Florian Schnitzenbaumer (DEU, Top Speed). The 2018
FORMULA Champion is only occasionally at the start this year, with the sixth
fastest time he proved that he would like to have a say about the podium places
on Saturday and Sunday.
GP pilots used the test day on Thursday to prepare for the weekend. For
Salvatore de Plano (ITA, Top Speed) the race weekend was over before it even began.
Problems with the engine could not be solved on site. Armando Mangini (ITA, MM
International) is also missing. He is recovering from an operation and supports
his team mates on site. Still, tomorrow 15 motivated drivers go into the first
race day. Qualifying starts at 10 am, followed by the first race at 2:50 pm.
Here we go: Day 1 for BOSS GP in the Netherlands!
half-hour practice sessions were held on the first race day in the Netherlands.
The driving time was used extensively by the 17 pilots, some of them completed
over 35 laps. The BOSS GP pilots gathered experience for the remaining weekend,
although according to the weather forecast it could rain tomorrow as opposed to
The fastest time was once again set by Ingo Gerstl (AUT, Top Speed), who even beat his own track record in the Toro Rosso STR1 with a time of 1:18.246. It was also the Austrian who, together with Alessandro Bracalente (ITA, Speed Center), represented the BOSS GP at yesterday’s show run in the city centre of Assen. On the “Coulthard Road”, BOSS GP showed what 800 hp are capable of. Over 200 kph and “donuts” on public roads delighted the approximately 20,000 fans.
Back to the Friday practice sessions: Marco Ghiotto (ITA, Scuderia Palladio) set the tone for the FORMULA cars. The leader of the standings underlined his favourite role for qualifying tomorrow morning (Saturday, 10:50 a.m.) with the best time in the class of FORMULA cars. Second fastest FORMULA driver today: Luca Martucci (ITA, MM International) ahead of Bracalente, who is obviously trying to recover from Monza’s messed up weekend. Today’s fourth best time brings him into the top 5 and thus into Q1.
The biggest surprises of today’s practice day were Philippe Haezebrouck (FRA, Speed Center) and Peter Göllner (SUI, Speed Center). Göllner finished fifth with 1:29.729 in the Free Practice 2, Haezebrouck sixth with 1:29.8. Also “Piter” (FRA, Ray-Ban) was able to impress and could play a bigger role in the midfield this time than in previous races.
For BOSS GP
this race weekend will kick-off second half of the season. After Hockenheim,
Red Bull Ring and Monza the races 7 (Saturday, 17:10) and 8 (Sunday, 11:50)
will take place in Assen. Tickets are still available on site.
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.
From 3 to 5 April, the teams and drivers of the BOSS GP will have the opportunity to test at the Automotodrom in Brno.
Three weeks before the start of the season in Hockenheim, tests will be held at the BOSS GP circuit in Brno, Czech Republic. From Wednesday to Friday you can drive a total of 24 hours.
The race will take place in half-hour units, from 9 am to 6 pm. From 13 to 14 o’clock only the lunch break interrupts the driving time. One unit costs 60 Euro incl. VAT. You can set up in the paddock on 2 April from 15 o’clock onwards. Pits are available for 150 Euro incl. VAT per day.
Vehicles from other categories and classes will also take part, a maximum of 40 cars are allowed on the track at the same time.
The test day is organised by Maverick Rescue and the Automotodrom Brno. Interested parties can register by e-mail at www.maverickrescue.cz or by telephone at +420 777 679 389. Further information is available at email@example.com
Photo: Michael Jurtin/BOSS GP