Lotus driver Matthieu Vaxiviere denied morning pacesetter Tio Ellinas in the second Formula Renault 3.5 practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.
Vaxiviere, who had missed the Spa round of his 2014 rookie season due to injury, emerged on top after a hectic final minutes as drivers from all over the field improved.
Oliver Rowland led the order at halfway point when a red flag was brought out by Pietro Fantin. It was actually the session’s second stoppage – the first having been caused by Roy Nissany grinding to a halt at the end of Kemmel.
As the session restarted, rookie Sean Gelael went quickest, immediately pipped by Arden’s Nicholas Latifi and then Ellinas.
Vaxiviere then jumped to the top, and, while Ellinas briefly retook first, it was the Frenchman who was quickest as the clock ran out.
The Cypriot was two tenths off in second, ahead of Rowland, who was among the few to improve at the checkered flag but stayed third.
Latifi was fourth, leading the Dutch duo of Beitske Visser and Meindert van Buuren, with Rowland’s teammate Jazeman Jaafar in seventh, 0.002s ahead of Dean Stoneman.
Carlin’s Tom Dillmann was the final driver within a second of Vaxiviere in ninth, while DAMS driver Nyck de Vries completed the top ten.
|2||Tio Ellinas||Strakka Racing||1:59.830||0.210||14|
|3||Oliver Rowland||Fortec Motorsports||2:00.085||0.465||14|
|4||Nicholas Latifi||Arden Motorsport||2:00.178||0.558||16|
|6||Meindert van Buuren||Lotus||2:00.533||0.913||14|
|8||Tom Dillmann||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||2:00.570||0.950||15|
|9||Jazeman Jaafar||Fortec Motorsports||2:00.673||1.053||14|
|10||Gustav Malja||Strakka Racing||2:00.784||1.164||15|
|11||Nyck de Vries||DAMS||2:00.894||1.274||16|
|12||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||2:01.293||1.673||17|
|13||Egor Orudzhev||Arden Motorsport||2:01.353||1.733||16|
|15||Bruno Bonifacio||International Draco Racing||2:01.910||2.290||15|
|16||Aurelien Panis||Tech 1 Racing||2:01.989||2.369||17|
|17||Patric Armand||Pons Racing||2:02.048||2.428||14|
|18||Pietro Fantin||International Draco Racing||2:02.296||2.676||9|
|19||Roberto Merhi||Pons Racing||2:02.411||2.791||15|
|20||Roy Nissany||Tech 1 Racing||2:02.817||3.197||7|