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Raphael Reis and Guga Lima claim TCR South America Interlagos pole

TCR South America championship leader Raphael Reis and his endurance co-driver Guga Lima claimed pole position for Sunday’s endurance race at Interlagos, after their combined time was six tenths of a second quicker than anyone else.

Reis, who won the opening race of the season last time out at Velo Cittá, was the fastest of all in his part of the qualifying session, the W2 Pro GP driver posting a lap of 1 minute 42.271 seconds.

Lima then topped his half of the session, giving the Brazilian duo the fastest combined time and putting them on pole for the one-hour race.

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Squadra Martino’s Juan Ángel Rosso and Ricardo Risatti were second fastest, albeit 0.665 seconds adrift in the combined ranking in their Honda.

The best PMO Motorsport Lynk & Co was that of Fabricio Pezzini, who also won a race last time out, in third, with the Argentine and his co-driver Javier Merlo being just under eight tenths adrift.

José Manuel Sapag and co-driver Marcelo Ciarrocchi were fourth behind their team-mate, a further two tenths of a second back.

Crown Racing’s Gabriel Lusquiños and Vitor Genz were fifth in their Honda.

Click here to view the complete qualifying results.

Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone, 91, toured the paddock on Saturday. Photo: TCR South America / Duda Bairros

The session saw interest from former Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone, who was seen in the paddock with his Brazilian wife Fabiana Flosi.

The endurance race, which is scheduled to last for an hour, will get underway at 13:40 local time (09:40 BST, 10:40 CEST) on Sunday.

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