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.

Sepang 12 Hours: Makowiecki puts Porsche on pole
#912 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3R: Frédéric Makowiecki, Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen
#11 Singha Motorsport Team Ferrari 488 GT3: Piti Bhirom Bhakdi, Carlo van Dam, Frank Yu, Tanart Sathienthirakul
#912 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3R: Frédéric Makowiecki, Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen
#35 HubAuto Racing Ferrari 488 GT3: Morris Chen, Hiroki Yoshimoto, Shinya Hosokawa, Hiroki Yoshida
#911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3R: Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet
#88 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Manabu Orido, Kazuki Hiramine, Adrian Zaugg
#911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3R: Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet
#9 Flying Lizard Motorsports / K-PAX Racing McLaren 650 S GT3: Alvaro Parente, Shane Van Gisbergen, Come Ledogar
#911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3R: Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet

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:

PosCarClassTeamCarTimeGap
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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