Qualifying for the 12 Hours of Sepang is about to get underway and all drivers racing this weekend will have to put in a lap time.

By Steven Walton

17 cars from four classes – GT3 Pro-Am, GT3 Am, GTC and TCR – will qualify for the 12 Hours of Sepang at 3 pm on Friday.

Of those 17 cars, 12 are in either the GT3 Pro-Am or GT3 Am class and thus will be in contention for the overall pole position.

Eight GT3 cars are officially in the Pro-Am class, while five are in the Am class.

‘We will push hard to see if we can get the overall pole’

One of the cars expected to fight for the GT3 Am pole is the #44 R&B Racing Porsche, which finished fastest overall in Friday’s second practice session with Leo Ye at the wheel.

“We didn’t expect to be on top [of practice] to be honest, but I think everybody is doing different plans, so we have no idea about the other cars … but we’re still happy to be on the top,” Ye told Asian Motorsport.

Ye said he expected qualifying to be very competitive, noting that some teams had two very quick drivers and a fast amateur driver.

“At least we can fight for our [Am] category,” Ye said. “We will push hard to see if we can get the overall pole.”

R&B Racing are the defending race winners of the Shanghai 8 Hours, which was held last October. They are also the reigning teams’ champion in GT World Challenge Asia.

The qualifying format

All drivers racing this weekend will be involved in qualifying.

Between 3 pm and 4.55 pm, there will be five 15-minute sessions that drivers can participate in. There is a 10-minute break between sessions.

Teams can choose which drivers run in which session, but every driver needs to run in at least one session and set a lap time.

The final qualifying time for each car will be determined by averaging the fastest laps of its drivers.

Last year, the pole-sitting Audi from Absolute Racing went on to win the 12 Hours of Sepang.

The 2024 12 Hours of Sepang starts at 10 am local time on Saturday.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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