DS Virgin’s Alex Lynn set the pace early on in New York around what was a green and damp track.
Sebastien Buemi’s substitute and debutant Pierre Gasly was the first driver out on track, followed by a shed load of other drivers as they attempted to play catch up after yesterday’s shakedown session was ruined by rain.
Four minutes into the session and the red flag was brought out due to Tom Dillmann’s Venturi stopping out on track, and despite efforts to restart the car the Frenchman’s stricken Venturi needed recovering.
With thirty-five minutes remaining the session got back underway with both Abt cars leading the field around the track.
Just under thirty minutes to go and a lap in the bag for everyone around the damp track barring Dillmann, it was Prost leading the way from Frijns, Bird, Lynn and Duval.
As the pace began to pick up, Bird took P1 from Prost with a 1:07.610s before knocking 0.003s off that the following lap. Not be outshined, rookie Lynn toppled his team-mate with a 1:07.348s.
Fifteen minutes remaining, Loic Duval moved into second, less than a tenth adrift of Lynn. By this time Dillmann had returned to the track, albeit in his second and was lingering just outside the top ten in P11.
Duval went on to improve next time around to go top, whilst team-mate D’Ambrosio split the two DS Virgin drivers before taking P1 from Duval to make it a Dragon Racing 1-2 with ten minutes remaining.
Nico Prost was the first driver to break to one minute six’s barrier with a 1:06.982s before momentarily losing top spot to Bird, then retaking it a lap later meaning Prost led with five minutes to go.
As the session winded down drivers started setting their personal bests. Lynn finished the session top of the pile followed by team-mate Bird, Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist, Renault e.dams’ Prost and Abt’s Daniel Abt.
Sebastien Buemi’s substitute Pierre Gasly ended the session down in seventeenth.