Triple Eight JMR will start from pole position in both GT World Challenge Asia races at Fuji after the team’s drivers, Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim and Luca Stolz, both set the quickest times in their respective qualifying sessions.

By Steven Walton

Two GT World Challenge Asia qualifying sessions were held Saturday morning at Fuji.

The first session featured Am drivers and a handful of Silver drivers. Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim finished on top of the timesheets with a 1:39.342s lap time in his #888 Triple Eight JMR Mercedes, giving him pole for Saturday’s 60-minute race.

Franky Cheng finished the session in second, just 0.095s behind Ibrahim, recording another standout result for the FAW Audi Sport Asia Racing Team that has been on the podium twice already this year.

In the second session, Luca Stolz jumped into the #888 Mercedes and produced a 1:38.147s lap time, earning him pole for the race on Sunday.

Mercedes finished with the top four spots in the second session.

Stolz was quickest, followed by Jules Gounon in the #22 Climax Racing Mercedes, Maro Engel in the #30 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes, and Jayden Ojeda in the #88 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes.

After the GT World Challenge Asia sessions, two qualifying sessions were held to set the grid for the newly created Japan Cup series.

The #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari, driven by Daisuke Yamawaki and Shinchi Takagi, topped both Japan Cup qualifying sessions, giving them pole for both races this weekend.

The #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari also topped both qualifying sessions at the Japan Cup season opener at Sportsland Sugo a fortnight ago.

Live coverage of the GT World Challenge Asia and Japan Cup races at Fuji will be available on the GT World YouTube channel.

On Saturday, the GT World Challenge Asia race starts at 12.40pm local time (3.40am GMT), followed by the first Japan Cup race at 3.30pm local time (6.30am GMT).

Header image credit: GT World Challenge Asia/SRO Motorsports Group


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