In the course of the 30-minute session, the Honda cars improved progressively to take second and third-fastest.
Results in Slovakia see O’Young pocketed eight points during this race weekend to stay fourth on the independent standings.
Alex’s best lap of 2m13.845 seconds was little more than 0.1 seconds shy of the Independents Trophy fastest from Danish driver Nykjaer.
The Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro completed the race closely behind eventual race winner, team-mate Gabriele Tarquini.
This race win brings Tom Coronel plenty of world championship points.
RML Cruzes just keep ahead of the Hondas as championship battle heats up.
Alex MacDowall crossed the line in 8th position and as the leading Yokohama Independent driver.