Naoki Yokamiza and Earl Bamber took a pole position at the opening of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS season in Sepang after reaching the top of their respective qualifying sessions this morning.
Ferrari of Yogibo Racing starts the hour race today in the afternoon along with Adrian D’Silva of EBM Giga Racing, whose Porsche subsequently won Team Race 2 with the help of Bamber. He shares the front row with home favorite Jazman Jafar and Mercedes-AMG № 888 Triple Eight JMR.
The only Silver-class bid, albeit with additional ballast, has always been a favorite to claim the pole against amateur drivers, and it has proven itself. However, Yokamiza was strongly pushed by D’Silva, who ran only 0.182 seconds slower than Ferrari.
The Japanese rider set the fastest lap of Yogibo – 2 min 07.686 s – at the beginning of the 15-minute session before returning to boxing early, which gave such D’Silva, Prince Abu Ibrahim and Setiavan Santos time for a stationary goal. .
All three withdrew their PBs during the first quarter, but it was EBM’s Porsche № 11 that became the biggest threat to the Yozomiz pole. D’Silva’s first attempt stripped Ibrahim of second place before his next attempt fell by less than two-tenths of Ferrari’s time. Then the Malaysian passed the fastest in the first sector, but could not improve his previous best overall time.
His teammate Santos threatened to make it to EBM two-three, but Ibrahim pushed him to fourth when junior Prince Triple Eight JMR improved in the middle of the session. His brother, Prince Jeffrey, was then looking for a chance to start nearby until Santos got better when the checkered flag was raised.
David Pune was the best of the Audi riders in sixth place, although the Elf Bar Racing Team X Works R8 finished only seven-tenths in third place.
Bumber had already been warned by setting the fastest time in testing and practice, and he had properly realized that potential by running eight-tenths faster than anyone else in qualifying.
Both consecutive laps of Porsche’s EBM were fast enough for the pole, but it was the 2m05.575s now considered the fastest on the weekend.
Sean Tong (Elf Bar Racing Team X Works) and Reed Harker (EBM Giga Racing) spent the first half of the session battling for another first-tier network slot. But it was the two Mercedes-AMG Triple Eight JMR that took second and third place after Jaafar and Nick Foster waited for the end of the 2nd quarter before setting a representative lap time.
Jaafar shrunk by Bamber’s time, eventually retreating by 0.826 seconds, and Foster retreated by another four-tenths, also a shade faster than Harker, who was ahead of Tong in fourth place.
Audi Sport Asia Team X works author Sandy Stuwick finished 6 best, ahead of Ferrari, who won race 1 in race 1, and AMAC Porsche with the only Am from Q2, Ben Porter.
The first Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia race based on AWS this weekend – and from September 2019! – will start at 15:15 MYT (GMT +7). Watch live on the SRO GT World channel on YouTube.
Source. SRO Motorsports Group