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Pizzitola Scores 4H Fuji Pole

Andrea Pizzitola scores pole for Four Hours of Fuji…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Andrea Pizzitola has put Algarve Pro Racing on pole ahead of Sunday’s Asian Le Mans Series Four Hours of Fuji, setting a time of 1:32.646 in Saturday’s qualifying session.

Pizzitola, Michael Munemann and Andrea Roda will lead the field to the green for the second time this season on Sunday in their No. 25 Ligier JS P2 Nissan, lining up alongside the Oreca 03R Nissan of Jackie Chan DC Racing, which was qualified by Gustavo Menezes.

“I love this track,” commented Pizzitola. “It’s really nice with this car. Fast and slow corners, a bit of everything. It’s also special for me because this time last year I was here testing the GT500 and that was an important test for my career.

“I feel happy to be back on this track and I’m happy for the result for the team. It was a nice quali. It was a bit stressful, I was second for the whole quali and then on the last lap, I did a good lap with no traffic, which is important. I’m happy.”

Jonathan Hirschi took the other Algarve Pro car to third, ahead of the Tockwith Motorsports car which secured LMP3 class pole. Setting a 1:36.054, Nigel Moore beat a pair of Ginetta Nissans in his Ligier JS P3 Nissan.

Meanwhile, Alessandro Pier Guidi topped the competitive GT class with his Team BBT-run Ferrari 488 GT3 he shares with Anthony Liu and Davide Rizzo.

Marco Cioci and Matthieu Vauxiviere made it a Ferrari 1-2-3 with the Spirit of Race and DH Racing cars second and third.

Shinyo Sano set a time of 1:43.974 in the sole GT Cup entry, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entered by TKS.

The Four Hours of Fuji is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. local time on Sunday.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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

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