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Viper Niza Ligier Loses Sepang LMP3 Pole

United Autosports inherits 4H Sepang pole after equipment penalty hits Viper Niza’s Moore…

Photo: MPS Agency

The Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 Nissan has lost its LMP3 class pole position for the Asian Le Mans Series finale at Sepang International Circuit.

Nigel Moore was the only driver in LMP3 to lap under the two-minute barrier in Saturday’s qualifying session, but it was later found that he had worn “non-homologated boots” during his lap.

This resulted in the car’s penalization, promoting the Wayne Boyd-driven No. 2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 Nissan to the top spot.

United Autosports’ switch to pole means the Anglo-American squad takes a point out of Inter Europol Competition’s LMP3 championship lead heading into the final race of the season.

Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe now hold a seven-point advantage over Boyd, Chris Buncombe and Garret Grist, who won last time out at Buriram.

The No. 7 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing Ligier will start second following Moore’s penalty, while Smiechowski and Hippe lead the grid row behind.

Spirit of Race’s Ligier LMP2 will lead the field off for the 4 Hours of Sepang, which gets underway on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. local time (11:00 p.m. EST, 4:00 a.m. GMT).

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Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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