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Nurburgring: Javier Villa race one report

To no one's great surprise Javier staged another one of his fantastic drives through the field in today's feature race at the Nurburgring. All eyes were on the clouds gathering above the circuit as the cars lined up on the grid as rain was ...

To no one's great surprise Javier staged another one of his fantastic drives through the field in today's feature race at the Nurburgring.

All eyes were on the clouds gathering above the circuit as the cars lined up on the grid as rain was forecast towards the end of the race but fortunately for all it remained dry throughout. Javier made a good start from his 15th place on the grid, keeping out of trouble as a car stalled on the ahead of him and two more spun on the entry to the first corner. The Racing Engineering team called Javi into the pits as soon as they opened on lap 2 and a rapid stop saw the young Spaniard in 18th place and immediately looking to gain position on the track. Knowing that his tyres would have to last for the rest of the race Javi drove with great intelligence, gaining places where possible but not running the risk of ruining his tyres.

Javi was soon moving through the field and by lap 14 he was up to 11th and he began to close in on former team-mate Adam Carroll who was fighting hard with Bruno Senna. On lap 18 Carroll ran wide at the first corner and as Senna tried to dive through on the inside the two cars touched putting Carroll out and allowing Javi to gain two more places to eighth.

Javi now drove with the maturity that is fast becoming his hallmark as he pulled out nearly two seconds on Senna and began to close on 7th placed Zaugg. As the final laps ticked off Javi found the handling of his Dallara going away so he settled for a superb 8th place secure in the knowledge that this means starting tomorrow's Sprint race from pole position. Since his last two front row starts have ended in a first and second place finish the omens for an excellent result tomorrow are very good indeed.

Javier Villa's own words:

"The race was very good and I pushed really hard in the first part. As the race progressed it became more difficult as the car wasn't handling as well as I wanted. I will be starting from pole tomorrow and the first lap will be very important, I need to make a good start and then push as hard as possible."

Credit: jv

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Series GP2
Drivers Adam Carroll , Bruno Senna , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering