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Magny Cours: Javier Villa preview

This weekend Javier Villa returns to a very special place for him: the French track of Magny Cours where, last year, he became the youngest ever winner in the F1 feeder series, This started a winning streak that gave him two more wins in the ...

This weekend Javier Villa returns to a very special place for him: the French track of Magny Cours where, last year, he became the youngest ever winner in the F1 feeder series, This started a winning streak that gave him two more wins in the remaining races of the season to end up as the true revelation of the series.

Now, just one year later, the young Spaniard is back at Magny Cours looking forward to being on the podium again. Even if the results in the first races of the season haven't been as good as expected, Villa and his Racing Engineering Dallara have usually being among the fastest, and his recent laptimes at the Paul Ricard test sessions put him again amongst the main GP2 contenders. Furthermore at the Cote d'Azur track Javi scored the best overall time on the day when the test was carried out on the track layout most similar to what he will be facing this weekend at Magny Cours.

A clear sign of both car and driver arriving at the Nevers circuit in good shape will be confirmed in the Friday qualifying session, where Javi's aim will be to get a place in one of the first rows of the starting grid for Saturday's feature race. The sprint race, on Sunday morning, will close the fourth race weekend of the GP2 series, again sharing the focus with F1 at the French Grand Prix due this weekend at the track. Magny Cours is well known for its very smooth surface and the notable variations in style of his many corners named after other F1 venues such as Estoril, Adelaide and the Nurburgring. This weekend Javi hopes to be back on the podium and to start his climb up to the top positions in the 2008 GP2 series standings.

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering