Slovenian superstar Tina Maze was half a second down in second with American Julia Mancuso third, a further three-tenths back.
Local favourite and world champion Marion Rolland, who is among the favourites for Saturday’s race, finished sixth, an improvement of six places from Thursday's opening run - which was paced by Maze.
1 STERZ Regina AUT 1:42.43
2 MAZE Tina SLO 1:42.92
3 MANCUSO Julia USA 1:43.21
4 REBENSBURG Viktoria GER 1:43.39
5 COOK Stacey USA 1:43.53
6 ROLLAND Marion FRA 1:43.54
7 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria GER 1:43.70
8 GUT Lara SUI 1:43.71
9 FANCHINI Nadia ITA 1:43.76
10 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie FRA 1:43.88