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4 Hours Of Sepang: Beche Fastest In Sopping Wet FP1

InterEuropol fastest in both LMP classes, Rigon quickest in GT in HubAuto 488

Heavy rain appeared for the first time in around two weeks in Malaysia just in the for the start fo Free Practice 1 at Sepang.

22 of the 23 cars saw at least some running though the literal ebb and flow of the rainfall saw some very quiet times on track and the session as a whole seeing a number of cars completing very limited running.

The session was red-flagged 8 minutes early after Roberto Mehri lost the rear of the #36 Eurasia Ligier Gibson that left the car deep in the gravel at Turn 3, a sweeping right-hander, the car recovered to the track with some light left rear damage.

The session was headed though by a Ligier one-two, the #34 Inter Europol car, in the hands of Mathias Beche, topping the times with a 2:12.915, half a second clear of the #1 Eurasia New Zealand Racing Ligier with the returning #96 K2 Uchino racing ORECA third quickest.

Dan Wells led the LMP3 class in the debuting #18 Inter Europol Ligier JSP3 with a 2:18.748, half. Second his gap ahead of the best effort for the #12 ACE1 Villorba Corsa Ligier with the #2 Nielsen Racing Norma third quickest.

Davide Rigon led the GT runners in the #27 HubAuto Ferrari with a 2:22.740, a tenth ahead of the #51 Spirit of Race 488 GT3 of Alessandro Pier Guidi with Ross Gunn a couple of hundredths further back in the #77 D’Station Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Free Practice 2 takes place later this evening, under the lights, getting underway at 8 pm local time with both Qualifying and the race taking place tomorrow. All three sessions are available live in sound and vision on the Series’ YouTube and Facebook pages.