Sepang 12 Hours: Makowiecki puts Porsche on pole
Frederic Makowiecki put a Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GTR3 on pole for the Sepang 12 Hours, beating the K-Pax Racing's McLaren 650 of Alvaro Parente in the Top 15 shootout.
The 15-minute session started off with a red flag after the Spirit of Race SA's Ferrari 488 of Alessandro Pier Guidi came to a halt on its out-lap.
After a delay of a few minutes, the proceedings were restarted, with Parente lapping the circuit first with a time of 2m02.764s in the #9 McLaren.
Earl Bamber in the #911 Porsche went second, just 0.086s separating the top two at that point, before Makowiecki went quickest with a time of 2m02.634s.
The French driver's effort was enough to give the #912 team, which also features Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen, pole for Saturday's 12 Hours of Sepang race.
Lining up alongside the Porsche will be the McLaren of Parente, Shane van Gisbergen and Come Ledogar, with the sister Porsche of Bamber, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet in third.
The top three were followed by the first of Ferrari, the #11 of Carlo van Dam, while the one-hour qualifying session topper Manabu Orido was fifth in the #88 Lamborghini Huracan.
Behind the top five came the lead #15 Audi of Laurens Vanthoor in sixth, while #16 Audi of Rene Rast was ninth, sandwiching the Ferraris of Dominic Ang Ding Xiong (#27) and Hiroki Yoshimoto (#35).
Top 15 shootout results:
|1||912||GT3||Manthey Racing||Porsche 911 GT3 R||02:02.6|
|2||9||GT3||K-PAX Racing||McLaren 650 S GT3||02:02.8||0.130|
|3||911||GT3||Manthey Racing||Porsche 911 GT3 R||02:02.9||0.217|
|4||11||GT3||Singha Motorsport Team||Ferrari 488 GT3||02:03.1||0.482|
|5||88||GT3||JLOC||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||02:03.3||0.630|
|6||15||GT3||Audi Sport Team Phoenix||Audi R8 LMS||02:03.4||0.802|
|7||27||GT3||Nexus Infinity||Ferrari 458 GT3||02:03.5||0.870|
|8||35||GT3||HubAuto Racing||Ferrari 488 GT3||02:03.7||1.024|
|9||16||GT3||Audi Sport Team Phoenix||Audi R8 LMS||02:04.1||1.432|
|10||75||GT3||T2 Motorsport||Ferrari 488 GT3||02:04.3||1.661|
|11||30||GT3||APR||Toyota Prius (ZVW50)||02:04.8||2.135|
|12||52||GT3||SAITAMA TOYOPET Green Brave||Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3||02:05.9||3.278|
|13||26||GTC||B-Quik Racing Team||Audi R8 LMS Cup||02:06.3||3.660|
|14||67||GTC||GDL Racing Team Asia||Lamborghini S Trofeo Huracan||02:07.3||4.667|
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