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Porsche has taken first blood in the opening free practice session for the 2014 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, with the 919 Hybrid of Marc Lieb setting the pace.

The German lapped the Silverstone circuit in 1min 44.042secs in the car he will share with Romain Dumas and Neel Jani, to finish the session four tenths up on the quickest Audi of Lucas di Grassi, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval.

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With new regulations enforced this season to equalise the competition between the leading three manufacturers, Toyota filled out the top trio with its TS040 Hybrid, the No.8 car of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi ensuring a fairly level competition at the top.

Indeed, the regulations also served to give the privateer LMP1 entry of Rebellion Racing a chance to match its rivals, the leading car just four tenths behind the Porsche of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley.

In the LMP2 class, the G-Drive Morgan Nissan of Olivier Pla headed the depleted contingent, the class having been reduced to just four entries following the withdrawal of Millennium Racing and Strakka Racing.

In LMGTE Pro, the new Porsche 911 RSR is off to a flying start, with the factory-backed Manthey cars going 1-2, followed by a quartets of Ferraris, including the leading LMGTE Am entry from AF Corse in 17th overall.