Jaume Masià storms for pole position at Sepang
Saturday is done and dusted at the Malaysian Grand Prix! Le0pard Racing will start tomorrow’s race at the Sepang International Circuit from the first spot on the grid as Jaume Masià claimed a stunning sixth pole position of the season, while Adrián Fernández sits in 18th place:
- Another day dawned under the cloudy skies of Sepang, welcoming us for qualifying day.
- The morning got underway with Practice 3, where both Le0pard riders were able to improve their lap times from yesterday’s sessions, making their way straight into Q2.
- Jaume Masià put in a solid pace during Practice 3, lapping within the 2’12 bracket. The Spaniard pushed hard in his second run to lower his time to 2'11.573, improving in every sector and sitting in 3rd position on the combined.
- Adrián Fernández started the morning strongly as well, leaving it late to set his best time of the weekend so far, a 2’11.819 that put him in 7th place in Practice 3 and on the combined, achieving his goal of getting into Q2.
- The afternoon came and with it a hectic qualifying session.
- Qualifying started with some difficulties for Jaume Masià, but the strategy soon paid off. By setting a single valid lap, the Spaniard succeeded in his target of starting tomorrow's race from a front spot, and what a way to do it.
- Breaking the all-time lap record and finishing 0.9s clear of the rider behind, Jaume Masià stormed the timesheets by setting a time of 2’10.846, with which he took his sixth pole position this season so far.
- In the meantime, although things went smoothly in the morning, qualifying saw Adrián Fernández struggle. The Spaniard will start tomorrow’s race from the 18th spot on the grid in the sixth row, having also set only one valid lap with a time of 2’13.630.
- We are ready to race!
Jaume Masià, 1st
"I am really happy with how today went, not only because of the pole position, but also because both our pace and the time I did on my own in the morning were very good. I knew that during qualifying it would be difficult to set a faster time without slipstreams, so today I decided to stay in the group and I was lucky enough to claim such a great result. Also, we found the solutions we were looking for yesterday, so we are confident for tomorrow!"
Adrián Fernández, 18th
“Saturday has been a strange day for me, because in the morning I felt great, but then during qualifying I struggled. The strategy didn't work today and we couldn't do a good lap. Anyway, I'm calm ahead of tomorrow's race. We will try to do our best"