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Catalunya: Javier Villa preview

Javier Villa will have his fans out in force this weekend for round 2 of the 2007 GP2 Championship. Competing as part of the Spanish F1 GP program and in front of his home supporters will be a big boost for the young Spaniard so the motivation to...

Javier Villa will have his fans out in force this weekend for round 2 of the 2007 GP2 Championship. Competing as part of the Spanish F1 GP program and in front of his home supporters will be a big boost for the young Spaniard so the motivation to get his best ever GP2 result is very high.

Javi has already had the chance of feel the backing of his 'aficionados' when he had his first GP2 race at the Catalonian track last year. Then, and despite huge tyre wear problems, he managed to fulfill his main targets and finish both races. Now, with all the experience gathered along last season and after the good laptimes set at Montmelo in the preseason tests, he's aiming higher and would like to fight for a position among the top ten in qualifying which would allow him to be in the battle for points on Saturday's feature race and get a good starting spot for Sunday's sprint race.

After the good race pace shown by Villa in Bahrain's last race, on the few laps he could run without problems after the different mechanical woes that ruined his chances in both qualifying and feature race, the Racing Engineering's driver and his team are optimistic for their home race. The most positive outcome from Bahrain was that both driver and team reacted to and overcame the mechanical problems caused by factors out of their control, so at Montmelo they expect all to work perfectly so that Villa can start to show his true potential in this season of consolidation among the GP2 ranks.

Montmelo's track is one of the usual GP2 testing venues and its layout is well suited to develop the car's setup given its mixture of very different kinds of corners. If a car works properly at Montmelo it is very likely it will work properly almost everywhere so getting a good setup at the track, located near Barcelona, is of special importance. The new slow corners at the end of the lap, placed where before there was a fast downhill righthander means that getting the best compromise between top speed, to take advantage of the new overtaking chances offered, and the good downforce levels required by the remaining sectors will be even more tricky than it was before. This therefore will be the first target for Javi Villa and his track engineer Andrew Ferguson during the Friday practice session that will mean the start of the second 2007 GP2 series event.

TIMETABLE:

FRIDAY 11th MAY:
12:00 - 12:30 FREE PRACTICE
16:00 - 16:30 QUALIFYING

SATURDAY 12th MAY:
16:00 - 17:15 RACE 1 (39 laps)

SUNDAY 13th MAY:
10:00 - 10:45 RACE 2 (26 laps)

-credit: www.javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering