Former F1 driver Kazuki Nakajima says it is an honour to have qualified on pole position for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours as Toyota confirmed its status as favourites for this year's endurance race.

A fascinating tussle that would unfold between Toyota and Porsche over the course of Q2 and Q3, Nakajima showed Toyota's hand with a session-topping lap towards the end of a disrupted Q2 session.

With Toyota keeping Nakajima in the #7 TS040 Hybrid at the start of Q3 just as track and ambient temperatures reach optimum condition, the Japanese driver upped the momentum to improve the benchmark to an unassailable 3m 22.356secs lap, three tenths faster than the #14 Porsche.

Notably, the lap time is faster than last year's pole-winning effort, this despite a 25 per cent reduction in fuel consumption.

Whilst grid position bares relatively minimal influence on the race itself, Nakajima is nonetheless proud to put Toyota out front when the race gets underway at 14.00GMT on Saturday.

"Even though it is a 24 hour race, it is a very good feeling to be on pole position," he said. "I am really happy with the car so many thanks to the team, we have prepared a great car for the race. I was struggling with the traffic but I managed to get one lap and it was just enough to get the pole.

"It's going to be a tough race but I am happy. We didn't have to compromise our programme and we managed to put in the lap time for the right moment. Now I think we are well prepared for the race.



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