Oliver Turvey and Davide Valsecchi gave GP2 Asia champion squad iSport a one-two in the opening free practice session for the season finale in Bahrain this morning.
Running on the revised circuit configuration for the first time, the duo were half a tenth apart at the top of the times, with Turvey just edging out his champion team-mate in the closing stages of the half hour session.
Luiz Razia made an impressive return to GP2 by fighting for the top spot for Rapax. He eventually ended up third, only 0.01 seconds down on Valsecchi's time.
Meritus driver Alexander Rossi was also within a tenth of first place as he took fourth. The American has to take a ten place grid penalty after qualifying today as a punishment for his incidents with Fabio Leimer at the previous meeting. Rossi's team-mate Luca Filippi completed the top five.
Among the other returnees for this weekend, Dani Clos was back in 19th after reclaiming his Trident seat from Adrian Zaugg, while Rodolfo Gonzalez - who is at Addax in place of Sergio Perez in Bahrain - was 22nd.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Oliver Turvey iSport 2m08.459s 2. Davide Valsecchi iSport 2m08.512s + 0.053s 3. Luiz Razia Rapax 2m08.522s + 0.063s 4. Alexander Rossi Meritus 2m08.530s + 0.071s 5. Luca Filippi Meritus 2m08.664s + 0.205s 6. Javier Villa Arden 2m08.879s + 0.420s 7. Alvaro Parente Coloni 2m08.938s + 0.479s 8. Sam Bird ART 2m09.397s + 0.938s 9. Charles Pic Arden 2m09.410s + 0.951s 10. Jules Bianchi ART 2m09.466s + 1.007s 11. Giacomo Ricci DPR 2m09.726s + 1.267s 12. Christian Vietoris DAMS 2m09.952s + 1.493s 13. Edoardo Piscopo DAMS 2m09.974s + 1.515s 14. Fabio Leimer Ocean 2m10.145s + 1.686s 15. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Rapax 2m10.333s + 1.874s 16. Michael Herck DPR 2m10.420s + 1.961s 17. Max Chilton Addax 2m10.481s + 2.022s 18. Yelmer Buurman Ocean 2m10.681s + 2.222s 19. Dani Clos Trident 2m10.684s + 2.225s 20. Will Bratt Coloni 2m10.900s + 2.441s 21. Josef Kral Super Nova 2m11.051s + 2.592s 22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Addax 2m12.058s + 3.599s 23. Jake Rosenzweig Super Nova 2m12.586s + 4.127s 24. Plamen Kralev Trident 2m13.636s + 5.177s