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An early engine failure puts Javi Villa out of the first race of the season.
Nogaro, 31th March 2013: The first race of the 2013 European NASCAR lasted just three laps for Javi Villa. A broken engine has forced him to retire on the fourth lap of the race held this afternoon at Nogaro where Villa was starting from fourth position after yesterday's qualifying.

The day had started in the best possible way, with a very crowded paddock for the autograph signing and the official photoshot session of the series, all in all a very spectacular American style promotion that caught the attention of fans and media.

Sadly for Javi everything went wrong in the race. The Spaniard was starting from the outside of the second row and got away according to his plan of being cautious around the first corner, to avoid any problem there and keep his position in the always hectic first lap. Javi was running just behind the first three but the engine of his car soon gave out allowing him to complete just a couple of laps at race pace before having to return to the pits without any chance to continue.

For tomorrow's race the starting grid will be set up with the best lap recorded by each driver in today's race so Javi has yet to wait for the official results to know exactly on which position he'll start, but it will be unlikely that the only timed lap he completed before the breakdown will allow him a good spot on the grid so his target will be to recover as many places as possible to get closer to the podium positions and score as many points as he can. However this is a long championship, where each driver can discard a result and the last four races give double points so the key will be regularity and today's retirement, even if obviously being a disappointment, shouldn't be impossible to overcome by the Spaniard in his fight for the top positions in the 2013 European NASCAR.

Monday April 1st
17:00 – 17:30 Race 2

Javier Villa's own words: "Sadly today has been quite a short race for me. The engine broke and I had to retire at the fourth lap. I could only do a couple of timed laps and I hope that at least one of them would allow us to be in the top ten for tomorrow's grid. Anyway that shouldn't get us down, it is a long championship, twelve races, the last four giving double points and, as we saw last year, it is more important to be consistent. Furthermore, it's possible to discard a result although having to do it at the first race is not ideal. Now we have to get ready for tomorrow, put another engine in the car and start the race with the target of trying to get to the podium and score as many points as possible."
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