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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 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
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

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

HistoryEdit

 
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 seriesEdit

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.

CarsEdit

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

ChampionsEdit

BOSS Formula & EuroBOSSEdit

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

BOSS GP SeriesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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.