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Istanbul: Javier Villa race two report

Javier Villa once again crossed the finishing line in the second GP2 series race at Istanbul Park. The Spaniard was 16th at the end of the sprint race, held over 24 laps on Sunday morning. Villa and his team decided to go for a risky and radical...

Javier Villa once again crossed the finishing line in the second GP2 series race at Istanbul Park. The Spaniard was 16th at the end of the sprint race, held over 24 laps on Sunday morning. Villa and his team decided to go for a risky and radical setup on his car based on the one that gave such good results yesterday with the hope of finding some bigger improvements today.

Javi started from the middle of the grid and got away aiming for the centre of the straight, trying to gain places at the first corner. The first bend was again very crowded with no shortage of spins and contacts. Javi found himself in the middle of a group of cars, he was forced to ran wide to avoid incidents but was able to keep going.

There was plenty of action and overtaking over the opening three laps with Villa finding himself 18th at the end of the 4th lap after losing some places while getting used to the behavior of the car with the new setup which initially surprised him. Quickly adapting to how the car was now running, an improvement over Saturday's performance, Javi started to cut his lap times dramatically and that allowed him to gain two other places as the race unfolded. Pushing the Japanese driver Yoshimoto with a few the laps to go, Villa finally took the 16th position he kept until the end of the race.

Importantly Villa's fastest lap was even quicker that the one set by his team mate Adam Carroll, who finished the race in third place, and just 5 tenths shy of Piquet's best time, a good benchmark for the young Spaniard.

So finished the penultimate weekend for Javier Villa in his maiden season in the GP2 series, fulfilling again his targets of running as many laps as possible, finishing both races and gathering still more valuable experience that he will make good use of next year when his ambitions will be bigger.

Javier Villa's own words: "Today everything went far better. We changed the car setup a lot and I was a bit surprised by it on the first laps. But once I got used to it I started to really push and ended the race running very fast. My personal best lap was even better than the one set by Adam and just 5 tenths slower than Piquet's best time. I'd rather finish 16th and running as fast as today than being 10th in a race of attrition with a lot of drivers retiring."

-credit: jv

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