Sebastien Buemi says he wasn't expecting to emerge more than a second clear of his rivals in qualifying for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship at the Circuit of the Americas.

Coming out fastest in qualifying format that requires two drivers from every car to each complete two flying laps - before all four laps are averaged to determine the final lap time -, Buemi teamed up with Anthony Davidson to produce a mean time of 1min 49.093s.

Putting the championship leading #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid more than a second clear of its opposition, Buemi admits he wasn't expecting the car - which is known more for its race pace, rather than its single lap form - to be so fast.

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"I am really happy to be on pole position. The car was very impressive and we had very little tyre degradation. Honestly, I was not expecting to be on pole position by more than a second after the practice results. So I am very happy and looking forward to tomorrow. I am sure we have a car to fight at the front. We just have to make sure we prepare everything right."

Making his Toyota WEC debut this weekend in the #7 car, Mike Conway was given the honour of qualifying alongside Stephane Sarrazin, the pair coming out fifth best.

"It was an okay session. I made a little mistake on the first lap so had to abort. My second flying lap would have been quicker but then the red flag came which was a shame. I thought I could have done a good lap time there but after that I couldn't quite get that same speed. I'm a little bit disappointed but it's a long race. Congratulations to the #8 car for getting an impressive pole position. It's a good day for the team."

The race will start as the sun is setting and will continue into the night over a duration of six hours.