British F3 champion Jaime Alguersuari headed the final Formula Renault 3.5 test session ahead of tomorrow's opening race of the season at Barcelona.
Alguersuari's lap of 1m33.537s, set with just seconds remaining in the hour-long session, demolished the previous best time recorded by Bertrand Baguette by seven tenths of a second.
Third-year driver Baguette was bumped down to third by an outstanding late effort from Tech 1's rookie Brendon Hartley. The Kiwi, Alguersuari's teammate at Carlin Motorsport in British F3 las season, just completed his flying lap as the chequered flag came out.
The second to fifth place drivers were separated by just hundredths of a second with Turvey fourth behind Baguette and ahead of Adrian Zaugg.
Like Hartley, Zaugg showed no ill effects of having missed the pre-season tests, with his Interwetten team having brought in long time Carlin FR3.5 team manager Harvey Spencer to work on his car.
Charles Pic shaved 0.04s off his morning time but repeated his earlier position of sixth. The Frenchman ended the day one place ahead of the morning pacesetter Miguel Molina, who concentrated on race set-up work.
Expected frontrunner James Walker was hit by gearbox problems and ended the session 11th.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin 1m33.537s
2. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m34.214s +0.677
3. Bertrand Baguette Draco 1m34.221s +0.684
4. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m34.237s +0.700
5. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten 1m34.268s +0.731
6. Charles Pic Tech 1 1m34.454s +0.917
7. Miguel Molina Ultimate 1m34.568s +1.031
8. Chris van der Drift Epsilon 1m34.612s +1.075
9. Federico Leo Pons 1m34.825s +1.288
10. Marco Barba Draco 1m35.062s +1.525
11. James Walker P1 1m35.366s +1.829
12. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten 1m35.416s +1.879
13. Anton Nebylitskiy Comtec 1m35.439s +1.902
14. Adrian Valles Epsilon 1m35.444s +1.907
15. Julian Leal Prema 1m35.613s +2.076
16. Daniil Move P1 1m35.627s +2.090
17. Haralds Schlegelmilch Comtec 1m35.718s +2.181
18. Fairuz Fauzy Fortec 1m35.854s +2.317
19. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m36.146s +2.609
20. Greg Mansell Ultimate 1m36.148s +2.611
21. Frankie Provenzano Prema 1m36.195s +2.658
22. Pasquale di Sabatino RC 1m36.642s +3.105
23. Marcos Martinez Pons 1m36.848s +3.311