FIA World Endurance front runners G-Drive has made a strong start in its quest to challenge for LMP2 honours at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours by pacing the first day of testing in a competitive field.

The Onroak Automotive assisted outfit had been seventh quickest in the morning session, but the No.26 car shared by Roman Rusinov, Olivier Pla and Julien Canal would hit the front in the afternoon courtesy of a 3m37.795secs lap from Rusinov - already faster than last year's pole position.

Indeed, though G-Drive has tasted success in WEC this year with the Morgan-Nissan, the slim entry of between four and five cars in that series offers few reference points in a sizeable LMP2 Le Mans field of 18 entries.

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With this in mind, Onroak Automotive and OAK Racing President Jacques Nicolet was impressed to be out front at this early stage.

"It's been a good day's work for G-Drive Racing, which ended with Rusinov's fantastic time of 3.37, which is better than last year's pole. I am very pleased with this and I hope that it's a good omen for the next weekend."

G-Drive will be represented by two entries in this year's LMP2 class, albeit with different machines, with a G-Drive by OAK Racing Liger JS Nissan to be driven by Jann Mardenborough, Alex Brundle and Mark Shulzhitskiy.