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Alpine on pole for Sebring WEC

Nicolas Lapierre, at the wheel of the #36 Alpine Elf Team Alpine A480, put the the French car on pole for the 1000 Miles of Sebring, the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship. Lapierre put in a 1:47.407 on his third lap of three to go over 1.3 seconds quicker than Olivier Pla in the #708 Glickenhaus Racing Glickenhaus 007.

Completing the top three in class was the #8 Toyota GT010 piloted by Brendon Hartley who put the car he shares with Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa third on the grid.

In the LMP2 category, class honours went to the #83 AF Corse ORECA driven by Niklas Nielsen who lapped in 1:49.014 to take pole, 0.374 of a second quicker the Filipe Albuquerque in the #22 Autosports entry. The sister #23 entry completed the top three, Paul Di Resta behind the wheel for the ten minute session.

In the GTE categories, the #92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR piloted Michael Christensen just pipped the sister #91 car with Gianmaria Bruni behind the wheel for pole in the LMGTE Pro category. Christensen lapped just over a tenth of a second quicker the Bruni who put in a 1:57.383.

Nick Tandy took third place on the LMGTE Pro grid with a 1:57.696 in the #64 Corvette.

Porsche made it a 1 -2 in the LMGTE Am category when Matteo Cairoli put in a 1:58.776 in the #46 Team Project 1 Porsche to take pole position with the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing entry just .409 seconds behind with young superstar-in-the-making Sebastian Priaulx at the wheel. The top three in class was completed by #33 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR driven by Ben Keating.

The 1000 MIles of Sebring gets underway at midday local time (16:00 UK time) on Friday March 18.