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Laurent Leads DC Racing Front Row Sweep at Zhuhai

Thomas Laurent leads Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport front row sweep for 4H Zhuhai…

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Thomas Laurent led a Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport front row sweep in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Asian Le Mans Series opener at Zhuhai.

The Frenchman posted a lap time of 1:27.615 late in the session in the No. 8 Oreca 05 Nissan he shares with Stephane Richelmi and Harrison Newey.

Teammate Ho-Pin Tung put the sister No. 7 Oreca into second position with a time 0.146 seconds slower than Laurent.

The Ligier JS P2 Nissans of BBT’s Pipo Derani and ARC Bratislava’s Konstantins Calko will make up the second row of the grid, meanwhile.

Josh Burdon secured the LMP3 class pole position from fifth position overall, going faster in his KCMG Ligier JS P3 Nissan than two of the LMP2 entrants.

Burdon set a lap time of 1:30.048, putting him five-tenths clear of Richard Bradley in the WIN Motorsport car.

FIST-Team AAI swept the three-car GT qualifying session with Raffaele Marciello taking class pole in the team’s No. 90 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

He set a time of 1:33.194, going 0.322 seconds faster than Jesse Krohn in the team’s BMW M6 GT3. Massimilano Wiser took third in the Tianshi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS.

Neither the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 and Team NZ Porsche 911 GT3 Cup have been on track despite appearing on the provisional entry list, reducing the grid to 14 cars.

The Four Hours of Zhuhai will get underway at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Fuji-san

    October 28, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I guess they should also allow performance evolutions on the old LMP2 to enable Ligier to fight back….

  2. Binky

    October 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Man, this series just will not grow. Been the same dozen or so cars since its inception, mostly the same teams too.

    • daedalus

      October 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      pan asian motorsport championships always struggle, I don’t think the asian market really understands endurance racing. The national motorracing scenes are quite healthy tho, in japan with super GT, Thailand with the super series, China with its national touring car and GT championship. Blancpain asia seems to be on the up but it has been at the expense of GT asia which merged with China GT.

      Perhaps they should have 3 1 hour sprint races to spice things up as the endurance format is clearly not working.

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