Algarve Pro Racing Claims Second Asian Le Mans Pole at Sepang

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Algarve Pro Racing’s James Winslow claimed his second pole of the Asian Le Mans Series this season in qualifying for this weekend’s season finale at Sepang.

Back in November Winslow also managed to score pole position for the second round of the series in Malaysia in his Ligier JS P2 Nissan.

The British driver’s fastest lap of 1:58.676 was almost half a second faster than Oliver Webb’s time in the Race Performance Oreca 03R Nissan.

Eurasia Motorsport driver Richard Bradley was the first driver to break the two-minute barrier, but it wasn’t enough for pole as Winslow, Webb as well as Bradley’s teammate Sean Gelael went even quicker.

DC Racing was unable to extend its LMP3 pole streak to four, as the team’s Ligier JS P3 suffered a gearbox issue in practice. The team was unable to take part in qualifying and is awaiting new parts to be flown in.

As a result Team AAI claimed the first ever pole position for an ADESS 03, even though two GT cars qualified between the Team AAI car and the fourth-placed LMP2 car.

Fastest in GT was Christopher Mies in the Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS. Mies lapped the Malaysian circuit in 2:06.180, beating teammate Adderly Fong in the debuting Bentley Continental GT3 by just 0.012 seconds. Clearwater Racing qualified third in GT.

Tomorrow’s season finale will start at 7.30 am CET, 2.30 pm local time in Malaysia.