A rampant Jack Clarke topped the timesheets for the third consecutive session in Portugal, although the Briton had to see off scintillating challenges from Alex Brundle and Benjamin Lariche, both of whom finished within six hundredths of a second of his ultimate benchmark.

The pattern of the session was established early on as Clarke was the first driver to dip under the 1m35s bracket, with Alex Brundle proving his main competition in the early stages.

While the track conditions for once remained relatively constant, the advent of fresh rubber brought a new surge in laptimes and Benjamin Lariche profited as he dropped to a 1:35.219s effort on just his 12th tour of the track – the Frenchman’s sector one time remaining the best of any driver during the session.

Clarke was not to be denied however and responded to move just over five hundredths of a second clear of Lariche, while Brundle also mounted a late charge but fell agonisingly short of top spot – instead separating Clarke and Lariche, just 0.016s off the top.

Despite not using overboost during the session, remarkably both Clarke and Brundle’s times are faster than the ultimate best set by Jolyon Palmer in second qualifying when the series visited the circuit in July.

FIA Formula Two Championship – Portimão – Day Two, Afternoon Session:

1. Clarke, Jack 1:35.164s
2. Brundle, Alex +0.016s
3. Lariche, Benjamin +0.055s
4. Snegirev, Max +0.478s
5. Palmer, Jolyon +0.524s
6. Piñeiro, Ramón +0.719s
7. Storz, Thiemo +0.931s
8. Mendez, Bruno +0.996s
9. Kowalska, Natalia +1.341s
10. Mac, Mikkel +1.372s
11. Alonso Liste, Jose +1.444s
12. Negrão, André +1.677s
13. Kralev, Plamen +2.096s