Full Saturday morning practice 3 results

After a Friday dominated by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Saturday morning practice saw a new face at the top of the timesheets in the last track availability ahead of qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

James Hinchcliffe continue Andretti Autosport's reign at the top by being the first man to break the 68 second mark on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course. His last lap set the new benchmark with a time of 1:07.9206s (121.907mph), pipping KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais by just over a tenth of a second at the chequered flag.

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Bourdais had led the timings for much of the 45-minute session, until a final flurry of flying laps had seen him bumped from the top spot. He was narrowly head of Ganassi's Scott Dixon by just 0.0626s after the Kiwi overcome his Friday struggles with electrical gremlins to bounce right back into contention and finish just ahead of Penske pair Helio Castroneves and Will Power. Friday's star performer Ryan Hunter-Reay was pushed down to sixth place behind them.

Whereas Friday morning had suggested a slight bias to Honda runners and the afternoon session had looked very evenly balanced, Saturday's practice session suggests that the Chevrolet 'bow tie brigade' might be slightly edging ahead, with four of the top five set by Chevys. The situation is then reversed for positions six to ten, which see four Hondas (Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden and Takuma Sato) ahead of a solitary Chevrlet in tenth (Ryan Briscoe.)

Everyone posted new personal best times during the session, and in total 18 of the 23 cars ended up within a second of Hinchliffe's lead time for the session. Marco Andretti was just over the other side of that dividing line, 1.0226s behind his team mate. Tony Kanaan was in 21st position as Ganassi struggled to find a set-up that worked for him and the Brazilian completed only four laps, while rookies Jack Hawksworth and Carlos Huertas were the slowest men in the session.

There was only one interruption to the proceedings, when Helio Castroneves stopped on track midway through the running time. His team mate Will Power had a lucky escape in the closing minutes with a wild spin that saw him narrowly miss hitting a guardrail in the process.

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