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Estoril ELMS: Albuquerque delivers Jota pole for title-decider

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Estoril ELMS: Albuquerque delivers Jota pole for title-decider

Filipe Albuquerque took a vital final pole position of the European Le Mans Series season for the title-deciding 6 Hours of Estoril.

#38 Jota Sport Gibson 015S-Nissan: Simon Dolan, Filipe Albuquerque, Harry Tincknell
Filipe Albuquerque, Jota Sport
#41 Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S-Nissan: Gary Hirsch, Bjorn Wirdheim, Jon Lancaster
#40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 - Judd: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Olivier Pla
#46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 - Nissan: Pierre Thiriet, Ludovic Badey, Nicolas Lapierre

On a wet but drying track, home hero Albuquerque secured the top spot in the final two minutes of the session with a 1m43.510s, eight tenths quicker than Greaves driver Jon Lancaster.

The Brit however was on course to take pole position back before his efforts were thwarted by a yellow flag at the final corner as the #15 SVK Ginetta of Konstantins Calko got stranded in the gravel.

That allowed Albuquerque to retain pole and a crucial bonus point, giving Jota a two-point buffer over Greaves ahead of the race.

Lining up third with a time just one thousandth of a second shy of Lancaster was Olivier Pla’s Krohn Racing Ligier, ahead of Nicolas Lapierre in the Thiriet by TDS Oreca, which arrives at Estoril with an outside shot at the title, and Mikhael Aleshin in the best of the Russian-built BR01s.

LMP3 and GT action

Michael Simpson took LMP3 class pole in the best of the LNT-run Ginetta-Nissans, a tenth clear of teammate Charlie Robertson.

Porsche factory driver Richard Lietz, meanwhile, clinched GTE class pole for the Proton squad, as Franck Perera was best of the GTC runners in the TDS Racing BMW Z4.

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