Sergio Jimenez claimed his first career Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY pole position for this afternoon’s fifth race of the season on the streets of Rome.
Jimenez, who is currently fourth in the standings, posted a time of 1:53.537 with 11 minutes of the 30-minute qualifying session remaining to leapfrog ahead of provisional pole-sitter Bryan Sellers.
However, Hong Kong race winner Sellers couldn’t improve on his early effort and settled for third behind the Jaguar Brazil Racing driver on the front row of the grid.
Championship leader Simon Evans qualified in third despite making two early sector improvements on his final lap, with 0.002 seconds separating the New Zealander from Sellers in the RLL-entered Jaguar at the end of the session.
Katherine Legge placed fourth in the sister RLL machine, while Stefan Rzadzinski came through in fifth for the TWR Techeetah team.
Caca Bueno, who won the previous round in Sanya, was limited to qualifying seventh after picking up a puncture during his run, while Pro-Am pole-sitter Ahmed Bin-Khanen sprung a surprise to go sixth-quickest overall.
Pole for Jimenez means he is now level with Sellers on 46 points in the drivers’ championship, while Evans and Legge are only slightly ahead on 49 and 48 points respectively.
Round five of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is set to get underway at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. eastern) with American coverage available on Fox Sports later in the day.