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11|08|2013 MONT-DORE HILLCLIMB, SUNDAY
Satisfying experience for Javi Villa in the classic French round of the EHCC.
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Chambon Sur Lac, 11th August: Javi Villa has finished quite happy with his first experience at the French Mont-Dore hillclimb, completed today with the three timed climbs where he has again shown his speed at the wheel of the BRC B49, although a problem with the bodywork of his car in the second climb prevented him from getting a better overall result at the end of the event.

The Spaniard had started the day positively, improving his best time from Saturday at his first attempt, early in the morning, despite using old tyres. For the next climb Villa now had fresh tyres on his BRC B49 but had the bad luck of seeing the rear bodywork of his car becoming loose, noticeably slowing him down but at least the team were able to fix the problem ahead of the final climb.

On the last run of the weekend, Javi could finally push on fresh tyres for the whole run, improving his previous best time by almost two seconds, setting a 2:37.668 to complete a positive weekend on the Mont-Dore climb.

Javi and his team have focused throughout the two days on keep on working on the development of the new Bango Racing Cars B49, their target being to show the potential of the car and also to prepare for the next round of the Spanish Championship, due in less than two weeks at Peña Cabarga (Cantabria). Given this, and despite the technical rules for the CM class in the French series allowing more freedom, as well as the E2SC European group where the B49 was included in Mont-Dore, the team decided to run according to the more restrictive Spanish Championship rules and, even though, the Asturian-born driver has had a good battle with the best of his category as well as with a lot more powerful sportscars and single-seaters from the European and French series.

Javi has finished among the top30 overall of a hillclimb that had, as usual, a great entry list, with 20 CM cars from six different brands plus almost 40 single-seaters and nearly 30 sportscars, all with two and three litre engines that have twice and some even three times the power of the 1000cc engine that motivates the BRC B49.


Javier Villa's own words: "The weekend has been very positive, to compete in this hillclimb, with almost 200 cars, more than 80 being sportscars, single-seaters and CMs, has been quite an experience. Our target coming here was to continue with the development work of the new B49 and to show its potential, and I think we did both. I believe that the car is already at a very good level and from now on it will be mainly a matter of fine tuning little things. Today we started pretty well, improving on yesterday's time even running on old tyres, but we had a little incident on the second climb, when the rear bodywork got loose, so I could really push on the fresh tyres only on the final run. All in all it has been good and now we have already to start thinking about the next round of the Spanish Championship, in less than two weeks time at Peña Cabarga."
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