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Porsche will start on pole position for the second round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, the Spa 6 Hours, after prevailing in a thrilling qualifying session over Toyota and Audi.
A session that started damp and slowly became dry, the format of averaging the best lap from two drivers would mean pole position wouldn't be decided until the final lap, with Marc Lieb – together with Neel Jani – putting the 919 Hybrid on top.
The duo, who will share the LMP1 car with Romain Dumas, will be joined on the front row by the Silverstone 6 Hours winning Toyota of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi, while Audi made it three different manufacturers inside the top three courtesy of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer.
The No.2 Toyota, Audi and Porsche make up fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, while the third Audi entry of Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi starts seventh.
Elsewhere, the new Rebellion Racing R-ONE completed a few more exploratory laps en route to 12th on the grid, behind the leading LMP2 cars, headed up by the KCMG Oreca Nissan of Richard Bradley and Alex Imperatori, which starts on class pole position from the leading SMP Racing machine of Nicolas Minassian, Sergey Zlobin and Maurizio Mediani.
In the LM GTE Pro class, Ferrari grabbed pole position in its wetter session, with the AF Corse car of Toni Vilander and Gimmi Bruni leading the way, ahead of the Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Bruno Senna Aston Martin Vantage V8, while the factory Porsche Manthay 911 of Marco Holzer and Frederic Makowiecki ensured diversity in the ranks in third.
In the LM GTE Am class, AF Corse is on pole again with Luis Perez-Companc, Marco Cioci and Mirko Venturi leading the way.