Antonio Felix Da Costa - Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Series Media Service

Felix Da Costa chats to a Carlin engineer - Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Series Media Service

Antonio Felix da Costa displayed his potential ahead of a possible second season in the GP3 Series by setting the pace on the second and final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The Portuguese driver has been in the final stages of talks with the Carlin team over a drive for the coming season, and put the British squad at the top of the timesheets during the morning session.

He finished up just 0.059 seconds clear of Matias Laine. Laine's MW Arden teammate Mitch Evans, the pre-season title favourite and pacesetter on Monday, was next up.

Kevin Ceccon continued to show promise in just his second day in a GP3 car, with Trident in fourth. Marlon Stockinger was fifth for Status, ahead of Conor Daly of Lotus GP and the Jenzer Motorsport duo of Robert Visoiu and Patric Niederhauser.

Aaro Vainio, returning to the Lotus GP cockpit after missing Monday's running due to an exam, was ninth, with Will Buller completing the top ten for Carlin.

An engine problem meant that Daniel Abt was only 22nd in the morning, but he bounced back in the afternoon to post the fastest time of the session, eight tenths off Felix da Costa's morning benchmark.

Maxim Zimin was second for Jenzer, 0.267s off the pace and a fraction ahead of Marussia Manor ace Tio Ellinas. It was another ex-Formula Renault UK racer Tamas Pal Kiss who was fourth best, ahead of Visoiu and Felix da Costa.

Evans was seventh ahead of Status drivers Kotaro Sakurai and Stockinger, with Marussia Manor's Fabiano Machado holding tenth. The third Status car was driven today by GP3 debutant Yann Zimmer, but the Frenchman had his afternoon times deleted for his car being found underweight.

The third and final pre-season test will take place at Silverstone on 11-12 April before the teams return to Barcelona for the opening round of the season in May.

Morning Session

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:37.934   29
2. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:37.993 0.059 33
3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:38.154 0.220 30
4. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:38.239 0.305 21
5. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:38.283 0.349 26
6. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:38.322 0.388 34
7. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.391 0.457 34
8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.452 0.518 32
9. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:38.469 0.535 34
10. William Buller Carlin 1:38.471 0.537 40
11. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:38.542 0.608 29
12. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:38.593 0.659 26
13. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.603 0.669 35
14. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.692 0.758 32
15. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.955 1.021 32
16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:38.977 1.043 34
17. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:39.129 1.195 40
18. Yann Zimmer Status Grand Prix 1:39.153 1.219 38
19. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.318 1.384 21
20. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:39.348 1.414 33
21. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:39.419 1.485 31
22. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:39.492 1.558 4
23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:39.785 1.851 33
24. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:40.601 2.667 31
25. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:40.930 2.996 27
26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.997 4.063 30

Afternoon Session

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:38.760   49
2. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.027 0.267 28
3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.058 0.298 35
4. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:39.321 0.561 27
5. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.354 0.594 32
6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:39.379 0.619 35
7. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:39.635 0.875 42
8. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:39.646 0.886 34
9. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:39.690 0.930 37
10. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.791 1.031 37
11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.946 1.186 25
12. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:40.014 1.254 28
13. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.016 1.256 37
14. William Buller Carlin 1:40.076 1.316 23
15. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:40.329 1.569 34
16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:40.344 1.584 35
17. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:40.638 1.878 37
18. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:40.902 2.142 34
19. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:40.977 2.217 38
20. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:41.012 2.252 39
21. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:41.075 2.315 9
22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.197 2.437 26
23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:41.582 2.822 28
24. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:42.192 3.432 34
25. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.878 4.118 25