The first official practice session for the 12 Hours of Sepang ended with two-time race winner Christopher Haase on top in the #26 Audi of Absolute Racing.

By Steven Walton

This morning’s session was the first of two 90-minute practice sessions available to the teams before qualifying this afternoon. The 12 Hours of Sepang is scheduled to start at 10 am local time on Saturday.

Four red flags disrupted the first practice session.

Haase’s quickest time according to provisional results was 2:02.896s. That was 0.898s faster than the second-placed #65 Viper Niza Racing Mercedes and 1.170s ahead of the #777 Climax Racing Audi.

FHK Racing by Prime Speed Sport was fourth-quickest with their new Aston Martin while the top five was rounded out by R&B Racing, the team which won October’s Shanghai 8 Hours.

The #4 Grove Racing Mercedes and the #216 Modena Motorsports Porsche did not complete a lap during the session.

The first of the session’s four red flags came out after five minutes when the #7 Vortex Racegraph Lamborghini stopped on track. It later returned to the pits and continued.

The other red flags were for on-track stoppages of the #326 TCR Audi from 326 Racing, the #13 GT3 Porsche of Phantom Global Racing, and the #18 TCR Hyundai from Z. Speed.

The #13 Phantom Global Racing Porsche later returned to the pits and appeared to have been through a gravel run-off area.

The second and final practice session for the 12 Hours of Sepang gets underway at 11 am local time.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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