Matthieu Vaxiviere set the pace in the morning session on day two of Formula 3.5 V8 testing at Jerez with the new Spirit of Race team.
Series runner-up Vaxiviere set his time of 1m27.331s inside the first hour of running and then sat out most of the remaining two and a half hours.
Wednesday pace-setter Yu Kanamaru finished up second, exactly three tenths down on the Frenchman. His Pons team-mate Matevos Isaakyan was 0.02s back in third.
Jake Hughes was fourth for Strakka ahead of Fortec tester Louis Deletraz. Next were the AVF pairing of GP3 team-mates Marvin Kirchhofer and Alfonso Celis, split by 13 thousandths of a second.
There were two more team-mates even closer behind that, with Arden’s Egor Orudzhev and Jack Aitken separated by a mere 0.001s.
George Russell completed the top 10 having switched from Tech 1 to Strakka in place of Gustav Malja, who replaced Aitken at Fortec.
Morning session results
|1||Matthieu Vaxiviere||Spirit of Race||1:27.331||23|
|2||Yu Kanamaru||Pons Racing||1:27.631||0.300||40|
|3||Matevos Isaakyan||Pons Racing||1:27.651||0.320||29|
|4||Jake Hughes||Strakka Racing||1:27.768||0.437||32|
|5||Louis Deletraz||Fortec Motorsports||1:27.965||0.634||23|
|8||Egor Orudzhev||Arden Motrsport||1:28.226||0.895||33|
|9||Jack Aitken||Arden Motrsport||1:28.227||0.896||32|
|10||George Russell||Strakka Racing||1:28.273||0.942||31|
|12||Gustav Malja||Fortec Motorsports||1:28.517||1.186||38|
|13||Aurelien Panis||Tech 1 Racing||1:28.745||1.414||20|
|14||Jehan Daruvala||Comtec Racing||1:28.886||1.555||32|
|17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||Comtec Racing||1:30.767||3.436||30|