Two Williams-BMWs were joined by a single Jordan-Ford as Silverstone continued to bathe in pleasant late summer sunshine, with all three cars pressing on with the final stages of development and evaluation ahead of the American and Japanese Grands Prix.

As they had when running unopposed on Tuesday, Juan Montoya and Marc Gene dictated the pace of the day, with the Colombian title challenger going quickest of all on a 1min 19.966secs lap, some fourth-tenths faster than he had managed on day one.

Gene backed up his team-mate, albeit after lapping a second slower, courtesy of his programme, which comprised 116 laps compared to Montoya's 43. Both drivers were working on set-up work for the FW25 in preparation for both the final two races of the year.

"Juan spent the session concentrating on fine tuning the suspension, as well as conducting some brake evaluation work, while Marc successfully completed 600 kilometres, which included a race simulation," test team manager Tim Newton told the team's website, "Both drivers also undertook tyre testing duties for Michelin."

The only other man present on track was Ralph Firman, who was making his return to the cockpit after recovering from his Hungaroring accident three weeks ago. Having sat out the Italian Grand Prix at the weekend, the British driver completed 26 exploratory laps, recording a best time three-and-a-half seconds off Montoya's benchmark

Leading performances (17 September) - Silverstone:

Juan Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 19.966s 43 lapsMarc Gen? Williams-BMW 1m 20.824s 116 lapsRalph Firman Jordan-Ford 1min 23.171s 26 laps



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