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Jota Sport Secures Pole for 4H Imola

Third consecutive ELMS Imola pole for Jota Sport…

Photo: Adrenal Media

Photo: Adrenal Media

Jota Sport claimed pole position for today’s Four Hours of Imola, with Filipe Albuquerque outpacing the rest of the LMP2 field at Imola.

The No. 38 Gibson 015S Nissan lapped the Italian circuit in 1:34.96, 1.571 seconds faster than the time set by Nathanael Berthon in the No. 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan.

For Jota Sport it is the first pole position of the season, while claiming its third consecutive pole at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Jon Lancaster qualified the No. 41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S Nissan in third place, just ahead of the No. 29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan of Leo Roussel.

Having dominated the practice sessions on Saturday, Thiriet by TDS Racing was unable to battle for pole in Qualifying.

Tristan Gommendy had to abort his first flying lap when an LMP3 car spun at Rivazza and then spun his Oreca 05 Nissan into the gravel trap at Acque Minerali on the next. The No. 46 Oreca will start from ninth on the grid.

SMP Racing’s new BR01 Nissans will start from seventh and eighth on the grid later today.

In LMP3 the No. 3 Team LNT Ginetta Nissan of Charlie Robertson and Chris Hoy will start from pole, beating the No. 11 Lanan Racing entry of Mark Shulzhitskiy by almost half a second.

Alessandro Pier Guidi dominated GTE qualifying and put the No. 56 AT Racing Ferrari 458 Italia on pole position, ahead of the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari of Raffaele Giammaria.

Pier Guidi put his car at the top of the timing screens early in the session, leaving it to the rest of the GTE drivers to catch up. The top three kept changing, with Giammaria setting his fastest time in the final moments of the session.

Richard Lietz qualified the No. 88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR in third place, despite going off into the gravel at Piratella, with Andy Priaulx claiming fourth place in the No. 52 BMW Team Marc VDS BMW Z4 GTE.

In GTC the No.63 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of Marco Cioci will start from pole. The Italian beat fellow AF Corse driver Francesco Castellacci to pole, with the No. 59 TDS Racing BMW Z4 GT3 of Franck Perera claiming third place.

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