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Valencia SC: Javier Villa preview

Javier Villa faces this weekend one of the most anticipated races of the year in the GP2 Series, the setting will be the new and spectacular Valencia Street Circuit, the urban track built in the harbour area of the Spanish Mediterranean city, the...

Javier Villa faces this weekend one of the most anticipated races of the year in the GP2 Series, the setting will be the new and spectacular Valencia Street Circuit, the urban track built in the harbour area of the Spanish Mediterranean city, the venue for the Grand Prix of Europe and the eighth meeting of the F1 feeder series.

After the demonstration given in Hungary of how, when the car works without problems, the Spaniard is able to run as fast or faster than any of the main GP2 contenders. Villa comes to Valencia ready to achieve his best result of the season conscious that, with just a few races left, this is one of the most decisive moments of the year. At the Hungaroring it was possible to see Javi once again fighting for the front positions, and only the championship situation of his teammate, Pantano, meant that he had to put the brake on his magnificent pace in the Sunday sprint, having to settle for fifth behind Giorgio, a result that didn't truly reflect his real pace on the Hungarian track.

In Valencia, Villa will face the challenge that always comes with competing on a new circuit, with the added difficulty of it being a non-permanent facility as is the case with the Valencian track. At least for Javi, as with several of his rivals, has had a chance to drive at Valencia in a GT car, competing in the inaugural event that the track celebrated last month and having his first contact with the track. Though the sensations at the wheel of a single seater will be radically different, the first impressions of the Spaniard with regard to the circuit were positive since it is quite wide, with really fast areas and with some points in which overtaking seem to be possible, something always difficultly on an urban circuit.

However it will be from the free practice, due at 11:55 on Friday, when Javi will be able to discover in all its magnitude what it means to drive the Dallara GP2 car among the walls of concrete that surround the Valencian track.

With the extra motivation that comes from competing, for the second time this season, in front of the Spanish crowd, Javi expects to be among the big protagonists in an event that will be followed with enormous interest in the whole world given the important innovation it provides in the calendar of the main international motorsport competitions.

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa