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Porsche has beaten Audi to the honour of starting its home round of the World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring from pole position after locking out the front row.

Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb set the average pace in the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid, proving just under a tenth faster than the sister #17 car driven in the session by Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard.

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It was enough to demote Audi to the second row, the #8 R18 e-tron getting the better of the #7 machine courtesy of Oliver Jarvis and Lucas di Grassi, while Toyota head into the race with the prospect of a long afternoon ahead after ending up fifth and sixth, a second off the pace.

In the LMP2 class, series leaders KCMG turned it up to claim pole position with Nick Tandy and Matt Howson, a full four tenths quicker than the G-Drive Ligier of Julien Canal and Sam Bird, with the Signatech Alpine in third.

In the GT classes, GImmi Bruni and Toni Vilander headed up a dominant afternoon for the Ferrari contingent as they took pole position over fellow AF Corse pairing James Calado and Davide Rigon, while the SMP Ferrari took the qualifying honours in the GTE Am class