Olivier Pla has blamed the 'lack of power' from the Judd engine for his below-par qualifying session, with Ligier JS P2 starting sixth on the grid for the Rolex 24-hour race in Daytona.

Pla's team mates were able to claim pole position in their Honda-powered Ligier prototype and the French driver said his car would have contested pole had it not been for the lower straight-line speeds. The Judd-powered prototype qualified with a best lap time of 1.39.683s, less than half a second behind its sister car.

"It was not a bad qualifying for us considering the lack of power and straight line speed we have at the moment, which is a bit unfortunate, but we will have to deal with that," Pla said. "The car was good and we made a good improvement between the Roar and the week of the 24."

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Despite the disadvantage of less power Pla remained positive going into the 24-hour race which acts as the first round of the 2015 United SportsCar Championship.

"I am really happy it's going the right way. We know that we will have a deficit to compete with the DP and the other P2, but I see us doing our own race, but we must stay away from trouble and be clever."

Co-piloting with Pla in the Ligier JS P2 for Saturday's race will be team owner Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jonsson, and Alex Brundle.