Porsche has come away from the sixth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship feeling positive about its progress after notching up another podium finish in the Shanghai 6 Hours.

The German manufacturer enjoyed arguably its strongest race to date with the 919 Hybrid, picking up a pole position with the #14 car of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb in a dead heat the rival #8 Toyota.

Though the trio couldn't sustain the pace of the currently dominant TS040 come race day, the #14 machine would ease to its first podium of the year - and Porsche's third -, while the manufacturer is confident that the #20 would have finished ahead of the Audis had it not suffered a puncture.

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"A pole position and a podium on the same weekend is a new achievement for us, and it is good to see the number 14 car's crew up there for the first time after they have been unlucky a few times," said team principal Andrea Seidl. "Bad luck struck car number 20. Without that puncture we would have come third and fourth.

"The good result is a bit surprising because we were fighting a lack of grip from the tyres here right from the beginning. It is remarkable that our team still found such a good car set-up so that we were able to achieve P3 on our own merits. Also it is positive that again we didn't have any technical problems.

"Congratulations to Toyota for another one-two result - this is the current benchmark."