Porsche has upped the pressure on Audi ahead of the Fuji 6 Hours after its cars swept the front row in the qualifying for the sixth round of the World Endurance Championship.

Having won the previous two races, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard come into this weekend's event chasing down a shrinking deficit to the Audi trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler, and duly put themselves into a positive position for the Japanese race by claiming a clear pole.

Spearheaded by a new record lap from Webber, team-mate Bernhard proceeded to put pole beyond the trio's closest rivals, that being fellow Porsche drivers Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani who completed a 919 Hybrid front-row.

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Audi locks out row two with the title challenging Lotterer, Treluyer and Fassler leading the sister R18 e-tron of Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval, while Toyota will pin its hopes on wet weather come race day as the defending champions trail in fifth and sixth on home soil.

In the LMP2 class, the G-Driver Ligiers locked out the front row with the title chasing trio off Sam Bird, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal leading the all South American sister car of Gustavo Yacaman, Luis Derani and Ricardo Gonzalez.

Championship leaders KCMG start fourth with Nick Tandy, Matthew Howson and Richard Bradley, behind the SARD Morand Morgan.

In the GT class, AF Corse Ferrari claimed its own 1-2 in the order of Gimmi Brunni and Toni Vilander ahead of James Calado and Davide Rigpn, ahead of the Aston Martin of Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Stefan Mucke.