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Sapag and Guerrieri on pole for Curitiba endurance race

José Manuel Sapag and co-driver Esteban Guerrieri will line up on pole position for the inaugural TCR South America endurance race at Curitiba in Brazil tomorrow.

The duo had the best combined time, with the regular drivers and co-drivers setting a lap each in split sessions.

The Squadra Martino duo had a combined lap time of 2:46.181 and was close to two tenths faster than the Scuderia FJ duo Sérgio Jimenez and Beto Monteiro, driving the all-new Hyundai Elantra N TCR.

Third fastest was W2 Racing drivers Raphael Reis and Valdeno Brito, 0.243 seconds from pole.

Ayrton Chorne and Pedro Aizza, team-mates to the pole sitting duo of Sapag and Guerrieri, claimed position four ahead of championship leader Pepe Oriola with W2 Racing co-driver Marcelo Costa.

Hyundai drivers Thiago Marques with co-driver Giovani Girotto was sixth fastest, making it two Hyundais and four Hondas in the top six.

The two KMW Motorsports Alfa Romeos of Fabio Casagrande/James Vance and Tim Lewis Jr./Roy Block rounded off the top eight.

WTCR veteran Tom Coronel, who is co-driver to Rodrigo Baptista, had a tough qualifying session and will start tenth after an electrical issue that stopped the Dutchman from setting a lap time.

The race starts at 12:00 local time/17:00 CEST tomorrow, running for 40 laps or 1 hour.