Edoardo Piscopo set the pace in the third and final official practice session on Saturday, which was strewn with red flag incidents, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the heart of Mexico City.

The Italian, who had the benefit of new tyres, shot to the top of the time sheets in the closing minutes of the incident-packed final practice, demoting France's Jonathan Cochet to second.

31-year-old Cochet had held the top spot for much of the session, which overran by 40 minutes due to four red-flag periods involving Lebanon, Portugal and Mexico, plus debris on the track.

Second-placed France was closely followed by current title leader Switzerland's Neel Jani in third while Ireland's Adam Carroll continued his strong form by setting the fourth fastest time overall.

China's Congfu Cheng ended the session in an impressive fifth position, followed by New Zealand's Jonny Reid and USA's Jonathan Summerton in sixth and seventh places respectively.

Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis, who was the man to beat around the 4.08km circuit on Friday, finished the session eighth.

South Africa's Adrian Zaugg and India's Narain Karthikeyan rounded out the top ten, in another incredibly close session, with just over a second covering the top 18 teams.

Seven teams had their lap times deleted however, for cutting the chicane leading into the final Peraltada corner.

 

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