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Istanbul: Javier Villa preview

After a brief pause that Javier Villa has used to have a few well deserved days off as well as attending several publicity activities for his personal sponsors, this weekend the young Spaniard is back to action taking part in the eighth round of...

After a brief pause that Javier Villa has used to have a few well deserved days off as well as attending several publicity activities for his personal sponsors, this weekend the young Spaniard is back to action taking part in the eighth round of the 2007 GP2 series. The scene of this next race will be the spectacular Istanbul Park track, taking place for the third year in a row at the Turkish Grand Prix where the GP2 competitors will again share track, media and fan attention with the top motorsport category.

Villa arrives at Istanbul as one of the drivers on the up in the formula 1 feeder series, after becoming at Hungaroring the only one who has managed so far this season to take the chequered flag three times. His victory at the Hungaroring sprint race ahead of the winner of the Saturday race, his very experienced former team mate Adam Carroll, confirmed Javier as one of the most competitive drivers of the series, pushing him up to the fifth position in the provisional standings. Villa's three wins, always scored in the Sunday races after recovering to eighth place on Saturday from towards the back of the grid has caught the attention of most GP2 onlookers. Javi has always being able to take full advantage of the reverse grid system reaching the podium the four times he has started from the front row. This 100% record clearly shows his maturity, the young Spaniard not only doesn't make any mistakes under the pressure of driving at the front of the pack but is also able to set his own pace without allowing his rivals to have any chance of catching him every time he's leading a race.

At Istanbul Park, Villa will try to take yet another step forward to the forefront of GP2 by looking for a place among the fastest in qualifying, the only area where driver and team have yet to show their mettle, in order to be able to fight for a podium in the Saturday race. This will be the main focus for Javi and his engineer at Racing Engineering, Andrew Ferguson, for the 30 minutes of free practice on Friday morning, when they will be looking for the optimum setup on such a special track, with corners as different as the triple apex turn 8, a real challenge for all the drivers. The width and layout of the track, with slow corners coming at the end of the fastest sections, allows for several overtaking spots, nevertheless starting as high on the grid as possible will be Villa's number one target in this eighth 2007 Gp2 race weekend in order to once again stand on the podium.

-credit: javiervilla.com

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