Things initially didn't look too promising for Javier Villa in today's Feature Race following a problematic Qualifying disrupted by red and yellow flags that saw Javier start from 15th on the grid. The race started under heavy clouds and light...
Things initially didn't look too promising for Javier Villa in today's Feature Race following a problematic Qualifying disrupted by red and yellow flags that saw Javier start from 15th on the grid.
The race started under heavy clouds and light rain leaving many teams undecided as to whether slicks or wets were the best option. Javier and the Racing Engineering team decided that the rain wouldn't last and therefore slicks were the way to go. Javi got away to a clean start and immediately began looking to gain places. Conditions were very difficult over the opening laps as, for a few minutes, the rain became heavier but Javi made sure he made no mistakes as several other drivers spun or made trips through the gravel traps. By lap 11 Javi was up to 7th place and on the following lap he made his mandatory pit stop continuing on slicks as the rain had now abated and the track was starting to dry.
Following all the pitstops Javi was lying in 11th place and chasing Tung hard whilst keeping Hernandez at bay. For several laps the positions remained static although Javi now found Albuquerque chasing him. Lap 24 saw Tung running wide and taking a trip through the gravel trap, Javi quickly taking advantage to move up to 10th. Aleshin was now Javi's next target and he soon began to close on the Russian driver outbraking him on lap 36 to take ninth. With the laps running out it looked as if Javi would have to settle for 9th but on lap 42 Filippi spun on the exit of the last corner promoting Javi to 8th, the position he held to the finish.
Once again Javi will be on pole position for tomorrow's Sprint Race and with his excellent record in the Sunday events he will be looking for a podium place and a win cannot be discounted.
Javier Villa's own words:
"It has been quite a difficult race, the track was wet at the beginning, first it was raining then it wasn't... we were on slicks so the first laps were tough but as soon as the track began drying I could set a good pace. Finishing eighth didn't look on the cards but at the end circumstances played into my hands and tomorrow I'm starting from pole again. Finishing the season with another podium would be great!"