BOSS GP

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BOSS GP
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BOSS GP Series
CategorySingle seaters
CountryEurope
Inaugural season1995
Constructors
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Drivers' championOPEN-Class Champion

Austria Ingo Gerstl

FORMULA-Class Champion

Germany Florian Schnitzenbaumer
Official websiteBOSS GP
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The BOSS GP Series is a motor racing series in Europe. The category originated in 1995 as the BOSS Formula series and evolved into the EuroBOSS Series.

BOSS is an acronym that stands for Big Open Single Seaters.

History[edit]

The drivers of the BOSS GP Series shortly before the rolling start at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria
Ingo Gerstl, AUT, Toro Rosso STR1 F1, Team Top Speed, BOSS GP Champion 2016, 2017, 2018
Phil Stratford, USA, Team PENN-Elcom Racing, Benetton B197-F1, BOSS GP Vice-Champion 2018
Florian Schnitzenbaumer, GER, Dallara GP2, Team Top Speed, BOSS GP Formula Class Champion 2018
Andreas Fiedler, GER, Dallara GP2, Team Fiedler Racing, BOSS GP Formula Class Vice-Champion 2018
Chris Eicke, SUI, Dallara GP2, Team Speed-Center, BOSS GP Formula Class 3rd Place 2018
Group 9 BOSS cars racing at Road America, 2007

The BOSS series was founded in 1995 under the regulations of the RAC Motor Sports Association and raced mainly in Great Britain. Later it was renamed to European BOSS (shortened by the competitors to EuroBOSS) following the involvement of Paul Stoddart's European Aviation and their expansion into European circuits. It mainly saw grids of around 12–15 cars but on occasions dropped as few as five cars have competed. Common EuroBOSS entries include Formula One machines from Benetton, Jordan, Tyrrell, Minardi and on occasions a V12 Ferrari has appeared. Other frequent entrants are Lola and Reynard CART chassis, the 1997-2002 Panoz (aka G-Force) and Dallara IndyCar chassis, and from 2012, the 2003-2011 Dallara and Panoz Champ Car chassis after the new IndyCar formula began. The Panoz Champ Car DP01 chassis from 2007 is also now legal.

After the 2009 season, drivers Marijn van Kalmthout, Klaas Zwart, Henk de Boer and Frits van Eerd decided to split off and organize their own race series. For 2010 EuroBOSS and BOSS GP both existed. EuroBOSS saw small fields and decided to cancel the last 3 rounds. BOSS GP, on the other hand, flourished with many drivers making the switch to the new series. Subsequently most of the entries have been recent secondary level single seaters such as GP2 cars and Renault World Series cars with a small number of Formula 1 cars. As of 2013 two rounds of the BOSS GP series form an official German championship sanctioned by the DMSB. In the 2018 season, BOSS GP drove for the first time at the Grand Prix Germany in July as a support series of the Formula 1 and in September at the Red Bull Ring in Austria as part of the DTM-Weekend.

Similar series[edit]

EuroBOSS is the European equivalent of USBOSS and OZBOSS. EuroBOSS tends to have mainly F1 Cars, while USBOSS mainly comprises Indy and Champ Cars and OZBOSS tends to have Formula 4000 or equivalent.

Cars[edit]

Over the years the classes have been updated. Nowadays relative new cars like the Dallara GP2/08 (GP2), Dallara T08 (WSbR) and Lola B05/52 (A1GP/Auto GP/FA1) are allowed in the series. For 2010 EuroBOSS allowed the Tatuus N.T07 International Formula Master car to race in the series. The car was never allowed in the BOSS GP series.


Actual classes and cars in the BOSS GP Series:
BOSS GP OPEN-Class
Entitled types: Formula 1 cars built from 1996, Lotus T125, FZED, Champ Car and IndyCar built from 2008
BOSS GP FORMULA-Class
Entitled types: GP2/F2, Auto GP, A1GP, FA1, Superleague Formula, World Series by Nissan/RenaultV8
BOSS GP PRESTIGE-Class
Entitled types: World Series by Nissan/RenaultV6, Formula 3000 build from 2002

Champions[edit]

BOSS Formula & EuroBOSS[edit]

Season Champion Team Champion
BOSS Formula
1995 Germany Klaus Panchyrz Germany Mönninghoff Racing
1996 Sweden Johan Rajamaki Sweden Rajamaki Racing
1997 United Kingdom Nigel Greensall United Kingdom European Aviation
1998 United Kingdom Nigel Greensall United Kingdom European Aviation
1999 United Kingdom Tony Worswick United Kingdom Worswick Engineering
2000 United Kingdom Dave Hutchinson United Kingdom Kockney Koi Yamitsu
EuroBOSS
2001 United Kingdom Tony Worswick United Kingdom Worswick Engineering
2002 South Africa Earl Goddard United Kingdom Kockney Koi Yamitsu
2003 Netherlands Klaas Zwart United Kingdom Team Ascari
2004 United Kingdom Scott Mansell United Kingdom Mansell Motorsport
2005 France Patrick d’Aubreby United Kingdom Team Griffiths/Team Ascari
2006 Netherlands Klaas Zwart United Kingdom Team Ascari
2007 Netherlands Klaas Zwart United Kingdom Team Ascari
2008 Austria Ingo Gerstl Austria TopSpeed
2009 Netherlands Henk de Boer Netherlands De Boer Manx
2010 France Damien Charveriat Austria Zele Racing

BOSS GP Series[edit]

Season Open Champion Team Champion Secondary Class Champion
2010 Netherlands Klaas Zwart United Kingdom Team Ascari M: Germany Karl Heinz Becker
2011 Netherlands Klaas Zwart United Kingdom Team Ascari F: Austria Ingo Gerstl
M: Austria Norbert Gruber
2012 Netherlands Klaas Zwart United Kingdom Team Ascari F: Austria Bernd Herndlhofer
M: Austria Johann Ledermair
2013 Luxembourg Gary Hauser Luxembourg Racing Experience F: Luxembourg Gary Hauser
M: Germany Hans Laub
2014 Poland Jakub Śmiechowski Poland Inter Europol Competition F: Poland Jakub Śmiechowski
M: Germany Hans Laub
2015 Netherlands Klaas Zwart not awarded F: Austria Johann Ledermair
M: Germany Hans Laub
2016 Austria Ingo Gerstl not awarded F: France Christopher Brenier
2017 Austria Ingo Gerstl not awarded F: India Mahaveer Raghunathan
2018 Austria Ingo Gerstl not awarded F: Germany Florian Schnitzenbaumer

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External links[edit]

The FIA-approved international BOSS GP Series is for 25 years the fastest race series in Europe and one of the most spectacular series in the international motorsport world.