Pole position for Javier Villa! Racing Engineering's 17 year old Javier Villa impressed during the two qualifying sessions of the second round of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship held at the circuit of Valencia. The young Spaniard will start...
Pole position for Javier Villa!
Racing Engineering's 17 year old Javier Villa impressed during the two qualifying sessions of the second round of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship held at the circuit of Valencia. The young Spaniard will start the first of Sunday's races from pole position and the second one from second position. Marcos Martinez Ucha, competing in the Spanish Formula 3 Cup, starts the races from fourth and third positions respectively.
Javier Villa, the young Spaniard from the Racing Engineering outfit, demonstrated today why he is rated as one of Spain's biggest talents in motor racing. Javier will start Sunday's first race from pole position. For the second race, Javier could not repeat this excellent result, but left all possibilities open for a win by starting from 2nd position.
Ricardo Risatti on the other hand could not keep track with the top of the field due to problems with his brakes, which will only allow him to start the first race from 8th and the second race from 7th position.
Filipe Albuquerque, the Red Bull backed driver, saw his possibilities destroyed by a problem with the gasoline pump during the 2 qualifying session, whereas during the first session he suffered from a not optimal set of tyres that caused a lot of oversteer on the young Portugues' car.
Racing Engineering's only Dallara F300 participating with Marcos Martinez Ucha in the Spanish Formula 3 Cup will start from very promising positions tomorrow. Marcos finished the first qualifying in 4thd position and will start the second race from an excellent 3r position on the starting grid.
Javier Villa at the end of the day declared, "in the first session everything was perfect. The good work my team made allowed me to mark fast and consistent lap times, enough to get me pole position. For the second session we tried some changes on the set up, but that didn't turn out the way we expected. However, the second position in that session is excellent and provides me with the possibility to win tomorrow's second race".
After a not so perfect day, Ricardo Risatti said, "When I started the first session on old tyres, my car felt really well. After putting the new set of tyres, however, the lap times didn't improve and the car wasn't perfect anymore. I additionally had brake problems, which greatly affected my second session. Today I couldn't meet my goals".
Filipe Albuquerque after both qualifying sessions announced, "this wasn't a positive day, but this is racing. We worked a lot on the set up of the car and improved from the first to the second session, but a problem with the gasoline pump forced me to retire on the track after only marking one lap time with the new set of tyres. This obviously kept me from fighting for a good position on the starting grid".
Marcos Martinez Ucha, after recording satisfying lap times in the two session, said, "I am not so happy with the first session where we had some problems with the set up. We overcame these for the second session and my car was much better allowing me to grab the third position at the starting grid".
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, team principal, resumed the day, "I am really happy with Javier and his first pole position. This offers him the chance to win tomorrow. Concerning Ricardo and Filipe I am not very content since both could not demonstrate their capabilities. I believe in both of them and am sure they will give their best tomorrow. I am very happy about Marcos' performance. He already did a great job in Jarama with his second place, and given his starting positions tomorrow, he should be able to make it on the podium again".
<pre> Qualifying 1: 1. Javier VILLA Racing Engineering 1.30.139 2. Alvaro BARBA Campos Racing 1.30.202 3. Andy SOUCEK R. LLusía Racing 1.30.232 4. José M. P. AICART GTA Motor Competición 1.30.493 5. Dani MARTIN ECA Racing 1.30.617 6. Roldan RODRIGUEZ Campos Racing 1.30.640 7. Filipe ALBUQUERQUE Racing Engineering 1.30.697 8. Ricardo RISATTI Racing Engineering 1.31.068 9. Marco BARBA Escuela Profiltek Circuit 1.31.071 10. Manuel SAEZ MERINO ECA Racing 1.31.528 13. Marcos Martinez Ucha Racing Engineering 1.31.945
Qualifying 2: 1. Alvaro BARBA Campos Racing 1.30.476 2. Javier VILLA Racing Engineering 1.30.633 3. José M. P. AICART GTA Motor Competición 1.30.756 4. Andy SOUCEK R.LLusía Racing 1.30.859 5. Roldan RODRIGUEZ Campos Racing 1.31.189 6. Dani MARTIN ECA Racing 1.31.201 7. Ricardo RISATTI Racing Engineering 1.31.303 8. Manuel SAEZ MERINO ECA Racing 1.31.728 9. Juan M. POLAR IGI TEC 1.31.798 10. Marco BARBA Escuela Profiltek Circuit 1.31.853 11. Filipe ALBUQUERQUE Racing Engineering 1.31.968 12. Marcos MARTINEZ UCHA Racing Engineering 1.32.123