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The #8 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid, driven by Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi, sealed a last-minute pole with Buemi setting a final lap time that ensured he just beat the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The Swiss ace’s final lap ensured an average time of 1m26.886s, which was 0.043s better than the Porsche.
Mark Webber looked to have confirmed pole for Porsche but, when the Australian pitted with a few minutes of the 25 minute session remaining, Buemi had his opportunity to send the local fans in to raptures.
It is the 10th pole position for Toyota since the inception of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the fourth time this season that the manufacturer has topped the qualifying times.
Porsche will start second and third, as the #14 Porsche Team's 919 Hybrid heads the second row, just ahead of local favourite Kazuki Nakajima, who along with team mates Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin had to settle for fourth fastest.
The Audi Sport Team Joest pair of Audi R18 e-tron quattros start the race from the third row of the grid, with the #2 crewed car of Treluyer, Lotterer and Fassler ahead of their #1 sister machine.
The LM1-L class will see the #12 Rebellion Racing R-One Toyota start the 6 Hours from pole position despite a brief technical problem that stopped them briefly on the track, triggering a short red flag period.
G-Drive led the way in the LMP2 class with its third pole of the 2014 season*. Olivier Pla and his team mate Roman Rusinov again set the fastest time and, together with Julien Canal, they ensured the best possible platform was achieved for the race tomorrow.
An impressive second place in LMP2 was the OAK Racing Morgan-Judd, with Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman confirming the class front row position. Local heroine, Keiko Ihara, is also part of the driving squad for the French team and is confident for a strong race on home ground. However, following post qualifying scrutineering the No.35 was found to have an excessive diameter engine air restrictor (Stewards Decision No.12) and had its times cancelled. It will be allowed to start the race but from the back of the grid and must take a stop and go penalty during the race.
Starting from the Tire Rack Pole, Hartanto held the STU lead through the first lap before a full-course caution was issued for an accident in the Touring 3 class, which was run in conjunction with STU.
Starting second in the No. 21 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier/ELR/KDD Citation Formula F Honda, Grenier, was immediately on the attack, passing the TireRack pole winner Tim Kautz for the lead in Turn Two. The move earned Grenier the GoPro Hero Move of the Race Award. Kautz, the back-to-back defending Formula F Champion was then removed from the equation when he got together with Thomas Merrill in Turn Six. The incident brought out the race’s first of three full-course caution periods.