The 2007 season finished on a high-note for Javier Villa in today's Sprint Race at Valencia when he took second place behind the new GP2 Champion Timo Glock.
Starting from pole position after finishing 8th in yesterday's Feature Race Javier made a good start but second man on the grid, Glock, made a better one and took the lead into the first corner as Javi followed him into second place. Over the next few laps Javi inched away from third placed driver Soucek by a tenth or two every lap whilst loosing a similar amount to Glock, by lap 5 Javi was 1.7 seconds behind Glock and 1.9 ahead of Soucek.
For a few laps Javi closed the gap slightly but it was clear that Glock's car was at least the equal of Javi's and so the young Spaniard concentrated on building the gap back to Soucek as the first four cars pulled away from the rest of the field.
For the next 12 laps the race became rather processional at the front and by lap 20 Javi was trailing Glock by 3.5 seconds but had opened the gap over Soucek to 2.5 seconds.
For the remaining 10 laps the positions at the front remained the same and at the finish Javi took a very well deserved second place faster than anyone on the track other than the newly crowned GP2 Champion Timo Glock.
Once again Javi has shown how far he has progressed in the 12 months since the end of the 2006 season, he is now a potential winner at every race and he must be considered as a favourite for the 2008 title.
Javier Villa's own words:
"The weekend has been quite good. Today the start was a bit difficult, I couldn't force the clutch, the tyres were a bit cold and I had moe wheel spin than expected. Despite this at the end I finished second, a result I think we all deserved, the team that has worked so hard throughout the year, the sponsors, the fans that support us at the race tracks, the people that follow us from home ... this result gives us a big boost to go into next season."