Mike Conway finally topped the times in the second and final practice session for this weekend's Macau Grand Prix but, even then, the recently-crowned British F3 champion failed to steal the headlines.

Instead, all eyes were on provisional poleman, Marko Asmer, who badly damaged his car in a crash at the end of the session, threatening his position at the head of the overnight grid.

Conway, who had led most of the opening practice session on Thursday before being pipped at the post, was consistently setting fastest times despite being held up by traffic early in the session. He eventually ended up 0.075secs ahead of closest challenger Richard Antinucci, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean third quickest and suggesting that he will be a factor this weekend.

However, the session had to be brought to a premature halt when Asmer ran wide at San Francisco, before heavily clouting the barriers on the exit. The incident is a major blow to the Estonian's preparations for this afternoon's final qualifying session, with the Hitech driver having topped the first session times but acknowledging that an early end to the session had helped to keep him at the head of the pack.

Asmer was not the only driver to end the session with a badly damaged car, as German hope Sebastien Buemi damaged the front left corner of his Carlin Motorsport entry when he nosed into the barriers at Police Bend. TOM's driver Kazuya Oshima also brought out the red flags, this time with ten minutes of the session remaining, after running wide at R Bend and smashing into the barriers on the exit.

Britain's James Jakes continued his progress up the leaderboard, vaulting into fourth place as he continues to settle in at Manor Motorsport, and headed Japanese F3 champion Adrian Sutil, who was back up to speed after his TOM's team had spent the night repairing his car following an accident in first qualifying.

Kazuki Nakajima was also making his way back up the order, the Euroseries frontrunner claiming sixth fastest time, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who was happy to report no repeat of the misfire problem that had dogged his Carlin car all day on Thursday.

"The engine is fine now, but we still have a lot of work to do," the BMW F1 test driver said, "It is going to be a very difficult qualifying, but I am sure we can go quicker than we managed yesterday."

Macau veteran Fabio Carbone claimed the eighth fastest time of the session, with Kodai Tsukakoshi and Kamui Kobayashi rounding out the top ten on a good morning for Japanese drivers. Friday pacesetter Kohei Hirate was only eleventh quickest, underlining the parity in the field this year, while Euroseries champion Paul di Resta languished a couple of places further back.


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