An early flyer by Caca Bueno has put the Brazilian driver on pole for the second consecutive race in Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY competition.
Bueno will lead the field to the green in this afternoon’s fourth round of the season, having pedaled his Jaguar Brazil Racing I-PACE to a quick lap of 1:27.373 in qualifying on the streets of Sanya.
It ended up being just 0.010 seconds quicker than inaugural race winner Simon Evans, who jumped to second after a late improvement in his Team Asia New Zealand entry.
Evans’ time denied a sweep of the front row for the Brazilian squad, with Sergio Jiminez set to line up third, despite hitting the Turn 5 wall in the session.
The incident resulted in a brief red flag due to a banner that had been dislodged from the contact.
Championship leader Bryan Sellers will start fourth in the No. 6 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Jaguar, while his teammate Katherine Legge hit trouble in qualifying.
Legge, who became the first female driver to win a major all-electric race earlier this season, was seen stopped on track with damage to her car with 12 minutes to go.
Pro-Am class pole honors went to the No. 12 Saudi Racing Jaguar of Bandar Alesayi, who set the sixth quickest time overall.
Guest driver David Cheng, meanwhile, will line up 12th on the grid.
The 25-minute plus one-lap race gets underway at 1 p.m. local time.