Season Finale for the Big Open Single Seaters

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The 29th season of BOSS GP came to a close at the 5.245-kilometre Mugello circuit in Tuscany on 6-8 October, highlighted by record spectator numbers and the premiere of the BOSS GP Show Runs for Formula 1 cars.

Though it was the last round of the season the top drivers in the most highly contested of the classes, the FORMULA class, did not spare themselves or their cars.  After securing the championship title at Monza, Simone Colombo’s foot remained resolutely down, as the now two-time BOSS GP Champion from Lombardia once again kept fellow Italian and GP2 driver, Marco Ghiotto, at bay.

Photo Angelo Poletto

In the OPEN class, Antonio Pizzonia took another overall victory on Sunday, the 14th win from 14 races this season in his first BOSS  GP season.  “The last time I drove such a fast car was over ten years ago,”  said the Brazilian.  “My aim was to get back to that level of driving I had at that time.  Every weekend was a challenge for me, we worked all the time to make myself and the car faster.  I really enjoyed my time in the BOSS GP this year.”  With a time of 1:31.120, Pizzonia also succeeded in setting a new record in the World Series 4.5, as only Formula 1 cars have ever been faster on this track.  In the SUPER LIGHTS class, which includes cars with 6-cylinder engines, Walter Colacino won both races with his Formula 3000 Lola as the only car entered in the class, the 2023 class title having already been decided in favour of Henry Clausnitzer driving a Tatuus World Series V6.  Also absent were drivers in the F1 class, including class-winner Ingo Gerstl, whose Torro Rosso STR1 did not put in an appearance.

Nowhere else can racing cars of the highest categories still be seen fulfilling their original purpose out on track.  “BOSS” stands for Big Open Single Seater, and the series is only for large and powerful formula racing cars of recent years.  In addition to the Formula 1 cars of the past 20 years, the FIA-certified BOSS GP series is also open to Formula 2, IndyCar, World Series by Renault and A1 GP, among others, making it unique in the world of motorsports.

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