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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 20:04

Unlike Formula 1 in China, where Lewis Hamilton looked favourite to win the race from early on in the weekend, the 6 Hours of Silverstone are likely to deliver on suspens, thrill and... noise.

Prototype returnees Porsche ended at the top of the timesheets in Practice 1 and Audi resumed normal service in Practice 2. Fans of Mark Webber would have been delighted by the fact he posted the fastest lap in Practice 3 and the Toyota trio of Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima put their TS040 on pole position for today's race.

Photo: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.

What's more, the LMP1 field in incredibly competitive with just under half a second separating the leading Toyota to the sixth fastest car on the grid. And that is despite different technological concepts used by the factory teams.

Audi uses a V6 diesel engine with 2 mega-joules worth of hybrid power, Toyota is propelled by a V8 petrol engine with 6MJ worth of power recovery and Porsche chose to run a two-litre V4 petrol engine also couple to a 6MJ hybrid unit.

It is worth noting that the three hybrid systems are also different with Audi using a flywheel, Toyota retaining the super-capacitor from last year's car and Porsche preferring a battery pack.

The LMP1 class is not only comprised of two Audi, two Toyota and two Porsche hybrid prototypes, but also features two Toyota powered Rebellion cars that were only 1.5 seconds off the leading car during qualifying, despite being more than a year old, due to their new Oreca built prototype not being race ready in time for Silverstone.

Another manufacturer's battle is happening further down the field in the GTE-Pro category. Aston Martin and Porsche will be taking the fight to last year's champion Ferrari. This battle will be just as exciting.

If you live in the UK, you can watch the race on Motors TV which is now on Freeview. The rest of the world can watch it for €19.99 either from live.fiawec.com or the FIA WEC App available for both Apple and Android systems.

Live event commentary is provided free of charge on Radio Le Mans.

Finally, we forgot to mention the hybrid powered cars sound like proper racing cars!

Why you need to watch the 6 Hours of Silverstone

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