After a rather cautious return in first practice, Graham Rahal appeared to have finally found the sweet spot on his car in third and final session before qualifying for the second round of A1 Grand Prix at Brno, the teenager taking Lebanon to the top of the timesheets for the first time.

Although they have threatened to do so before, Lebanon are yet to score a point in the championship, although should Rahal repeat his practice pace in qualifying, their chances of breaking that duck will look strong.

Rahal's lap was enough to demote Great Britain's Robbie Kerr from the top of the timesheets, while France and Germany kept their foot in the reckoning with the third and fourth fastest times for Nicolas Lapierre and Nico Hulkenberg respectively.

Having scored well on his first outing with Italy, Pier Guidi Alessandro was proving to be something of a surprise underdog at the upper end of the timesheets in fifth, just ahead of Zandvoort podium visitors Salvador Duran and Philip Giebler for Mexico and USA.

Replacing Matt Halliday in the New Zealand entry, Jonny Reid was an impressive eighth, a spot up on the equally surprising Congfu Cheng, the Formula Renault UK driver showing a good turn of pace for China. Home favourite Tomas Enge was tenth fastest for Czech Republic.

However, beyond the top ten there have been some changes to some of the teams, the biggest casualty being last year's Sentul winner Sean McIntosh. Having struggled on his first competitive outing for eight months in practice, McIntosh has been surprisingly dropped from the Canada team in favour of James Hinchcliffe.

Hinchcliffe made his debut with the team at Zandvoort and has been drafted in again after McIntosh could only manage the 17th fastest time in practice, thus allowing the 19-year-old, who had extra running in the two 'rookie sessions', to take his place for qualifying and the races.

McIntosh was not the only driver to suffer a reshuffle following practice around the Czech circuit, with Greece opting to take on rookie Nikos Zachos for this weekend having originally nominated Takis Kaitazis.

 

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