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Asia: Bahrain: Javier Villa qualifying report

Javier Villa will start tomorrow's GP2 Asia Series Feature Race from the fourth row of the grid at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. The Spaniard finished today in eighth position at the end of the qualifying session, which turned out to be ...

Javier Villa will start tomorrow's GP2 Asia Series Feature Race from the fourth row of the grid at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. The Spaniard finished today in eighth position at the end of the qualifying session, which turned out to be tremendously close, with only a second's difference between the top ten and only a tenth of a second separating the lap times from sixth to ninth.

The day began for Villa and the rest of drivers who compete in the GP2 Asian series with the Free Practice session where Javi and his team, Super Nova, worked on adjustments to the car, focusing on obtaining a good race setup and setting, nonetheless, the tenth best lap time.

In the qualifying session, Javier continued fine tuning the adjustments of his Dallara while improving his lap times, which ended up by being almost two seconds better than those obtained in the previous session. Despite the fact that on his fastest lap, set near the end of 30 minutes of qualifying, Villa had to overtake a slower car, the young Spanish driver still consolidated his place among the top ten, scoring the eighth best time, just 48 thousandth behind the sixth fastest. This lap time was set with a car that was showing a very steady performance, thanks to a setup more suited for the race than for qualifying. This gives a reason to be optimistic for Villa and his team regarding his chances of fighting for the top positions in the Feature Race for the third race round of the GP2 Asia Series, which will take place on Friday midday at the Sakhir track.

Javier Villa's own words: "It was not too bad, at the end we are eighth and even if on my fastest lap I had to do an overtake, where you lose easily two tenths and there are just a few thousandths from the sixth to the eighth. I felt comfortable with the car that maybe was more suitable for a race than for qualifying. It is a very consistent car, not like in Dubai, and in the race it should be OK. In this circuit there are several places where you can pass: at the end of the straight, going out of the slow corner before the finish, on the back straight ... if you have a good car there you can take advantage and move forward."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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