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Derani, Spirit of Race on Pole for 4H Sepang

Pipo Derani puts returning Spirit of Race car on pole for Asian LMS finale…

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Pipo Derani put Spirit of Race on pole for the Asian Le Mans Series finale at Sepang, setting a last-minute flying lap in the team’s Ligier JS P2 Nissan.

The Brazilian shares the No. 8 car with Come Ledogar and Alexander West, and the trio returns to the series after missing the previous round at Buriram.

Derani’s lap time was a 1:55.167, good enough to go two-tenths clear of Phil Hanson’s United Autosports Ligier which will start from second.

Algarve Pro Racing and Panis Barthez Competition complete the second row while the former’s LMP2 Am entry, driven by Anders Fjordbach took fifth place overall and sealed pole in the all-Bronze sub-class.

Nigel Moore led the way in LMP3 to put the Viper Niza Racing Ligier on pole with a time of 1:59.906, going 0.116 seconds clear of United Autosports’ Wayne Boyd.

Tianshi Racing Team will start from GT class pole courtesy of Dries Vanthoor, while championship leader Car Guy is set to line up second.

The championship-deciding Four Hours of Sepang will get underway at 12 p.m. local time on Sunday.

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Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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