Danny Watts led the way for Team Great Britain at Sepang as the on-track action kicked off for the third round of the A1GP season.
Watts ran throughout the day at the Malaysian circuit, heading the first part of the rookie session before setting the fastest time of the day during second official practice.
The session for rookie drivers and developing nations was headed by Nicolas Prost, who continued to show the impressive pace displayed in China with a lap of 1min 50.679secs during the second part of the session.
It left the Frenchman as the only driver to better the 1min 51sec marker, with Watts second and Earl Bamber third for New Zealand on his return to the wheel of Black Beauty.
“Chengdu was mostly about bumps rather than turns but this track is really amazing,” pacesetter Prost reflected. “I was really looking forward to coming here because it's one of the nicest tracks in the world, and I think it was the first time we could get the real potential out the car, especially in the quick corners. Turns five and six, the quick left and right, in particular were pretty good.”
The afternoon session, where race drivers joined the fray, saw Watts set the quickest time of the time with a best lap of 1min 50.038secs.
It allowed the British driver to outpace Swiss ace Neel Jani by just 0.072secs, with Jani showing the kind of speed that allowed him to dominate the Malaysian race weekend last season – with a double pole position and double win.
“With the extra running I got this morning I was always going to be there or thereabouts,” Watts said. “I think looking at the times, the top ten are very close and there's hardly anything in it. It will be the same story tomorrow so it will be very tight at the top.”
Narain Karthikeyan was third fastest for Team India ahead of France's Loic Duval while the top six was completed by Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Albuquerque.