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Raphael Reis claims first pole of 2022 at Velocitta

W2 Pro GP driver Raphael Reis claimed the first pole position of the 2022 TCR South America season during qualifying for the Velocitta season opener in Brazil.

The Cupra driver lapped the Brazilian circuit in 1:33.144 and beat Squadra Martino (Honda) driver Juan Angel Rosso by 0.154 seconds.

Reis’ team-mate Antonio Junqueira was a distant third, just over six tenths of a second, while Lynk & Co driver Fabricio Pezzini was fourth, a further 26 thousands of a second behind.

Pedro Aizza rounded off the top five for Scuderia CJ, setting a lap time that was 0.754 seconds from pole behind the wheel of his Hyundai Elantra N TCR.

José Manuel Sapag was sixth fastest for PMO Motorsport while Bia Figueiredo finished seventh on her TCR South America qualifying debut, just over a second from pole.

Peugeot 308TCR driver Pablo Otero rounded off the top eight.

The first race of the weekend starts 09:10 local time/14:10 CEST tomorrow.