Kevin Mirocha topped the times at Monza in the final free practice session ahead of the deciding rounds of the FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend.
Mirocha's time of 1m38.122s was eight tenths of a second faster that Daniel McKenzie, whose final lap was enough to give him second ahead of F2 newcomer Harald Schlegelmilch.
Of the three title contenders, it was championship leader Luciano Bacheta who had the best session - finishing fifth on a 1m39.772s, although his focus for the session was on long runs to check tyre wear and race pace.
Matheo Tuscher completed the 45-minute practice period in ninth but could not dip below the 1m40s barrier.
Markus Pommer had a wretched session, spinning into the gravel at the Parabolica with over 20 minutes remaining. The car was undamaged but Pommer was restricted to just 11 laps.
Other drivers showing well included Christopher Zanella, who claimed fourth, and a visibly delighted Plamen Kralev, who was sixth at the flag.
Meanwhile practice one pacesetter Dino Zamparelli was a lowly 14th, while Thursday testing's fastest man Alex Fontana ended up in seventh.
Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Kevin Mirocha 1m38.121s 2. Daniel McKenzie 1m38.961s + 0.840s 3. Harald Schlegelmilch 1m39.249s + 1.128s 4. Christopher Zanella 1m39.385s + 1.264s 5. Luciano Bacheta 1m39.772s + 1.651s 6. Plamen Kralev 1m39.871s + 1.750s 7. Alex Fontana 1m39.936s + 1.815s 8. Mihai Marinescu 1m40.105s + 1.984s 9. Matheo Tuscher 1m40.172s + 2.051s 10. Axcil Jefferies 1m40.339s + 2.218s 11. Markus Pommer 1m40.510s + 2.389s 12. David Zhu 1m40.611s + 2.490s 13. Maxim Snegirev 1m40.620s + 2.499s 14. Dino Zamparelli 1m40.620s + 2.499s 15. Hector Hurst 1m40.709s + 2.588s