Josef Kral set the fastest time in free practice ahead of qualifying for round 17 of the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring on Friday morning.
Addax racer Kral, who has failed to score a point all season with last year's teams' championship-winner, repeated his feat of setting fastest time in practice from Barcelona back in May. His 1m29.573s was 0.159secs faster than Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer, and both of these times were set just after the halfway point of the session.
James Calado, who was the pacesetter until then, was third fastest for Lotus, just over a quarter of a second down on Kral's time. Jolyon Palmer set a last-gasp flyer to leap to fourth in his iSport-run machine.
Caterham's Giedo van der Garde was fifth-fastest, ahead of iSport's Marcus Ericsson. Championship contender Davide Valsecchi, whose early-season form domination has evaporated in recent races with just three point-scoring finishes in the last seven events, was seventh quickest for DAMS.
Victor Guerin was a surprise eighth-fastest for Ocean, but his running was disrupted when his head-protection wrap-around appeared to fall off his car. Recent form men Esteban Gutierrez (Lotus) and Johnny Cecotto Jr (Addax) were ninth and 11th respectively.
Points leader Luiz Razia was only 12th fastest in his Arden machine.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Josef Kral Addax 1m29.573s
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1m29.732s + 0.159s
3. James Calado Lotus 1m29.837s + 0.264s
4. Jolyon Palmer iSport 1m29.916s + 0.343s
5. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m29.943s + 0.370s
6. Marcus Ericsson iSport 1m29.961s + 0.388s
7. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1m30.053s + 0.480s
8. Victor Guerin Ocean 1m30.093s + 0.520s
9. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus 1m30.131s + 0.558s
10. Stephane Richelmi Trident 1m30.226s + 0.653s
11. Johnny Cecotto Jr Addax 1m30.252s + 0.679s
12. Luiz Razia Arden 1m30.367s + 0.794s
13. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1m30.373s + 0.800s
14. Max Chilton Carlin 1m30.487s + 0.914s
15. Nigel Melker Ocean 1m30.505s + 0.932s
16. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1m30.538s + 0.965s
17. Fabio Onidi Coloni 1m30.555s + 0.982s
18. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1m30.581s + 1.008s
19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham 1m30.683s + 1.110s
20. Stefano Coletti Coloni 1m30.744s + 1.171s
21. Sergio Canamasas Lazarus 1m30.813s + 1.240s
22. Simon Trummer Arden 1m30.964s + 1.391s
23. Daniel de Jong Rapax 1m31.192s + 1.619s
24. Julian Leal Trident 1m31.707s + 2.134s
25. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1m32.211s + 2.638s
26. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus 1m34.204s + 4.631s