The #8 Toyota of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre are in position to extend its lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship lead after claiming pole position for round four of the season at the Circuit of the Americas.

The team had Buemi to thanks for its impressive pace, the Swiss driver ensuring the trio would emerge as the only entry to produce two laps that would average less than 1min 50secs, its 1min 49.093secs result putting it more than a second clear of its competition.

Porsche headed up the challenge in second and third, the #14 machine of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb just getting the better of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in the #20 919 Hybrid.

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Having dominated dry free practice, Audi were left floundering once qualifying got underway, the two R18 e-trons suffering niggling technical issues that left it adrift in the pole battle. In the end, the #2 Audi of Le Mans winners Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler would end up fourth, with the sister #1 car in sixth, the pair sandwiching the #7 Toyota.

Elsewhere, Fabio Leimer, Andrea Belicchi and Dominik Kraihamer went unchallenged for LMP1-L pole in seventh overall after the sister Rebellion R-ONE stopped with technical issues, while the new Lotus failed to set a time. Both will start at the back of the grid.

In LMP2, the G-Drive team of Roman Rusinov, Julian Canal and Olivier Pla will start on pole position with its new Ligier chassis, the team having switched from the Morgan over the summer break. They will lead off the KCMG Oreca and the wild-card ESM HPD.

In the GT class, the championship leading AF Corse Ferrari of Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander will start from pole position, ahead of the Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner, while Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki made it three manufacturers inside the top three for Porsche.