Race Performance will start this afternoon’s Asian Le Mans Series’ Two Hours of Fuji from the pole position, following a quick lap by Shinji Nakano in qualifying for the 2015/2016 season-opener.
Nakano pedaled the No. 8 Oreca 03R Judd to a best lap of 1:36.613, nearly two seconds quicker than the LMP2 competition, the Eurasia Motorsport Oreca-Nissan.
It marked pole for the Swiss squad in its series debut. Nakano will share driving duties with Nicolas Leutwiler.
“The dash didn’t work so I didn’t know what times I was doing,” Nakano said. “But my engineer told me on the radio. Our time was OK and had no problems or issues.”
The Eurasia car turned its first laps of the weekend in qualifying after battling a water leak on Friday. Tristan Gommendy and William Lock both set times.
Ho-Pin Tung grabbed pole in the LMP3 class, thanks to a 1:38.966 lap time in his new No. 1 DC Racing Ligier JS P3.
Top qualifying honors in GT, which features a seven-car field this weekend, went to the No. 3 Clearwater McLaren 650S GT3 of Rob Bell, who was fourth overall.
A total of 11 cars set qualifying times, with both of the Team AAI ADESS-03 cars not taking to the track.
The No. 89 ADESS is awaiting a new crash box following an accident yesterday and is unlikely to race, while the No. 88 car has driveshaft issues.