Anthony Davidson is anticipating an intriguing race at Silverstone for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season opener, as he launches his bid to defend his world title.

The British driver helped his Toyota Racing team jump up to fourth place on the starting grid for Sunday's race after trailing both Audi and Porsche during the free practice sessions. The former Formula 1 driver was pleasantly surprised when he discovered his number 1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid would line-up on the second row.

"Qualifying was slightly better than expected which is positive," Davidson said. "Congratulations to Porsche, who we always expected to be on pole but I'm quite pleased with our performance. The car felt good. I'm happy with the balance and I'm looking forward to the race when it could be a different story. It should be interesting."

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Davidson, along with fellow co-drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi, took victory at Silverstone 12 months ago from a similar starting position. In the build up to the race he spoke about how the conditions can be unpredictable at the Northamptonshire track which could play into the team's favour.

Davidson's team-mate Nakajima admitted after qualifying the Toyota's set-up isn't suited to the speedy Silverstone circuit but is optimistic about the team's race pace.

"Silverstone is clearly not the track that suits us most," Nakajima said. "I think we are somewhere between Audi and Porsche on race pace here but I am still hoping we can challenge."

The Toyota sister car, driven by Alex Wurz, Stephan Sarrazin and Mike Conway, will line up on the grid in sixth after the two Porsche cars stormed to a front row lockout.