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Asia: Shanghai: Javier Villa qualifying report

It was an excellent start in the GP2 Asia Series for Javier Villa, who today took third position in the qualifying session for the first event of the season, which takes place this weekend at Shanghai's circuit, alongside the Chinese F1 Grand ...

It was an excellent start in the GP2 Asia Series for Javier Villa, who today took third position in the qualifying session for the first event of the season, which takes place this weekend at Shanghai's circuit, alongside the Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

Villa was facing the opening day of the inaugural event of the GP2 Asian series in an optimistic frame of mind, following the good feelings he had at the steering wheel of the Supernova Dallara during the tests last week. This optimism was shown as well founded when in the free practice, where Javi was looking at setting up the car without the laptime being a priority, Javier finished the session in sixth, satisfied with the work done and with the only worry a problem in the gearbox that was efficiently solved by the team in the available time before the beginning of the decisive session for the starting grid.

The half hour of qualifying was quite difficult for all the drivers, given that it was stopped twice by red flags, first because James Jakes, Javi's team mate at Supernova, went off road, and for a second time when iSport's driver, Al Fardan, spun and his car stalled in the middle of the track. All this meant that the best laptimes had to be set in a final frantic six minutes, in which Villa was again one of the fastest, scoring the third best time that gives him a magnificent position on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's race, the longest of the weekend.

Once the session finished, the young Spaniard was quite happy as he could show that he is capable of being ahead in a qualifying session, something that until now, and for different reasons, often totally out of his control, he could not have obtained. Additionally he had done it ahead of good number of drivers usually at the top in last season's European GP2 series.

Now the aim for Villa is to complete two good races this weekend in Shanghai's circuit which will allow him to be among the main contenders in the GP2 Asia Series from the start.

Javier Villa's own words: "I am very happy, I am back to where I should be, everything has been OK although qualifying has been complicated, with two red flags and having to do the time with just 6 minutes to go. I have managed to be third and now it is necessary to try to do two good races. The best thing from today is that we have demonstrated that we can be there, it has been a lot of work from Supernova to adapt the car to me, while I'm also adapting to the team since it changes everything after so many years always working with the same people and it is not easy to change. I feel quite happy and very satisfied to be able to have managed to do finally one good qualifying, staying in front of people who are always fast in the European GP2."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers James Jakes , Javier Villa