Ligier will start its Le Mans 24 Hours comeback event from pole position in the LMP2 class after Tristan Gommendy took the new-generation JS coupe to the head of the timesheets in a competitive qualifying session.

The historic French manufacturer returns to sportscar competition in 2014 with a new project that develops the forthcoming LMP2 footprint of closed roof coupes, Ligier collaborating with Onroak Automotive to enter a trio of all-new JS chassis for this year's race under the Thiriet by TDS, G-Drive by OAK banners and the OAK Racing Team Asia banners.

Having proven quick from the off during testing, Gommendy would proceed give Ligier the perfect start to its Le Mans event by hooking it up for class pole position, while Jann Mardenborough lifted the sister G-Drive machine to third in class.

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A surprise result for Gommendy, the Frenchman admits he wasn't entirely sure what the car was capable of until it mattered having struggled to get a clear lap in.

"I am very happy, especially with all the hard work the team has done because we got the car very late," he said. "Right up until Q2, we were still working on the set-up of the car. I raise my hat to the TDS team, because at one point it was getting really hard to keep composed mentally because we never got a chance to have a clear lap or to get the right circumstances with the new tyres.

"Before the opportunity, we didn't have any idea what we were capable of doing. I am very happy for Guy Ligier, who I hold in friendship and with whom I have worked on other cars with, and I hope he is happy to see his name on top of the board. Also well done to the Onroak team who have done an exceptional job."