Javier Villa to race in the GP2 Asia Series Javier Villa, driver of the 'Racing for Spain' initiative, will take part in the GP2 Asia Series that starts on the 18th of October at the Shanghai circuit, coinciding with the running of the Formula 1...
Javier Villa to race in the GP2 Asia Series
Javier Villa, driver of the 'Racing for Spain' initiative, will take part in the GP2 Asia Series that starts on the 18th of October at the Shanghai circuit, coinciding with the running of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.
Villa will race in the GP2 Asia Series with the SuperNova team after reaching an agreement born from the mutual interest from both sides in this project. Javier's first contact with SuperNova's car will take place on the 8th and 9th of October, at the collective tests of the GP2 Asia Series at Shanghai's circuit.
The GP2 Asia Series was created at the end of 2007 and all the usual teams from the European GP2 series compete with the exception of Racing Engineering, the team with which Javier Villa has raced in the last three seasons of GP2, and whose place is taken by the Q-Meritus team. The GP2 Asia Series takes place between October and April at a number of Asian circuits and comprises of six events, with two races at each one.
Three of the six dates of the GP2 Asia Series coincide with the Formula 1 races, the first event with the 2008 Grand Prix of China, and the two final ones where the GP2 Asia drivers will share the track with the premier category of motorsport at the 2009 Grands Prix of Malaysia and Bahrain. The other three events have independent dates from F1 and change their schedule slightly with the races being held on Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday as is usual in the F1-shared events.
The cars that are used in the GP2 Asia Series are the first-generation European GP2 Dallaras, a car that Javier Villa knows well since it was in one of these that he made his debut in the F1 feeder series, obtaining at its wheel his best results during the 2007 season where he scored three wins.
The young Spaniard faces this new championship with great confidence and with the clear aim of keeping active during the winter months, so as to arrive fully prepared for the start of the 2009 GP2 campaign, where he will be again one of the protagonists in the F1 feeder series. Villa expects to obtain good results in the GP2 Asia series as the best way of showing his gratitude for the enormous support received from sponsors, press and fans during his three years of competing in GP2. For Javi, the GP2 Asia Series provides a whole new challenge, since it means a complete change of scenery with regard to the European circuits where he has being racing up until now, but it will give him more experience that will allow him to prepare in the best possible way for the 2009 European GP2 season.
Javier Villa's own words: "I am looking forward to the start of the GP2 Asia Series; it is a totally new championship for me, with new circuits away from Europe where I have always competed up till now. To race in GP2 Asia will allow me to keep up the pace of competition during the winter and I think that it can be a great step ahead when thinking about the 2009 European GP2 season."
GP2 Asia Series 2008-2009 Schedule
18-19 October - Shanghai (GP China F1)
5-6 December - Dubai
23-24 January - Bahrein
27-28 February - Dubai
4-5 April - Sepang (GP Malasia F1)
18-19 April - Bahrein (GP Bahrein F1)
8-9 October - Shanghai