Puccio Giodano came out on top when the chequered flag fell on practice for the Canadian V-Prix, but with the top five separated by less than a tenth of a second, qualifying tomorrow is anyone's game.
After early morning rain a very green and still partially damp track greeted drivers, with conditions improving throughout the session right until the end. Giodano's best effort of a 1:16.511 came with just three minutes remaining on the clock, and displaced Thierry Xylander.
The Belgian's lap of a 1:16.567 had him top of the standings for most of the session and he looked set to pull a huge shock by being the first ever reserve driver to top a practice session, but it wasn't to be as he eventually ended up third behind team mate Allar Kangur, albeit the two DS Mathershaw cars split by just 0.026 of a second.
The Downton duo of Nathaniel Powers and Klaas van Snelheid were the others within a tenth of the top time, 0.060 and 0.069 of a second slower respectively than Giodano's table topping effort. Enrique Ruiz was sixth fastest, just over two tenths shy of the pace and ahead of his team mate Olen Inman, the Monegasque nearly three tenths down on the Brazilian.
Ryota Yoshida was eighth - some half second slower than Giodano - but was on a lap at the end that looked to put him amongst the front runners, had it not been for traffic at the final chicane. Jean Mattson and Tumo Kinnumen rounded out the top ten ahead of their team mates and the usual suspects of Phoenix, Lopez and North Star with FIRST behind and the two Meteor's getting the better of Dmytro Kovalenko in the AMR, who ended the session slowest.
See below for full practice classification: