Caca Bueno scored his first career Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY pole position for today’s race on the streets of Hong Kong.
The Jaguar Brazil Racing driver squeezed in a time of 1:21.203 on a damp track, shortly before the skies opened and heavy rain started to fall on the 1.15-mile circuit.
Bueno, who led the way during Saturday’s free practice session, qualified with a gap of 0.327 seconds to Bryan Sellers who will start from the second spot on the front row of the grid.
The gap between second and sixth was less than two tenths of a second, with Sellers placing his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Jaguar marginally ahead of Simon Evans, who will share the second row with Stefan Rzadzinski.
Sellers’ teammate Katherine Legge, who won the previous round in Mexico City, will start fifth on the grid after posting a time of 1:21.680.
Legge leads the drivers’ championship after two races but holds only a single point over Sellers, Evans and Bueno’s teammate Sergio Jimenez, who failed to set a lap in the disrupted session.
Pole position in the Am category went to Yaqi Zhang who set a time of 1:21.900, almost a second quicker than the next-best effort in class submitted by points leader Bandar Alessay.
Former World Touring Car driver and current GT3 racer Darryl O’Young, who is driving the Jaguar VIP car this weekend, qualified between the top two in Am with a time of 1:22.034.
The 2015 GT Asia champion brought out the red flags late in the session when he went straight on into the turn 1 hairpin runoff, with no damage sustained to his I-PACE machine.