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24|08|2013 PEÑA CABARGA HILLCLIMB, SATURDAY
Double win for Javi Villa on a rainy first day at Peña Cabarga.
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Heras 24th August: The changing weather has been the main feature of the first day of the Peña Cabarga hillclimb but has been brilliantly mastered by Javi Villa to win the two timed climbs scheduled for Saturday.

The fifth round of the 2013 Spanish Hillclimb Championship started at mid-day with a very cloudy sky that soon turned to rain, with several showers falling over the race course. However, the first practice was run almost totally without rain and, although there were some damp areas on the asphalt, slick tyres were still the best choice.

Nevertheless, a long break caused by an accident by one of the competitors in the CM category, happening just a few minutes before it was time for Javi Villa to get the start complicated his chances as when the race was restarted the rain was more intense and the track was far more slippery. With slicks fitted on his BRC B49 Javi was able to beat the best time set before the break by the Cantabrien champion, Juan Carlos Castillo, scoring a new win and beating his main rival in the Spanish series, Toni Alarcón, by more than 8 seconds and who could only finish fifth.

In the afternoon the weather was still capricious, the practice climb being run on an almost dry track, where Villa scored the best overall time of the day, a great 2:54.938 being the only driver able to get under the three minutes barrier over the 5.7 kms of Peña Cabarga, which for this year had a chicane located on very fast initial section so the previous season times are of irrelevant. When the final timed climb started, although, rain returned intermittently way and, with his BRC on slicks again, Javi was fastest on a track that was slippery on some corners, especially at the twisty and very steep final part.

With the two wins scored today Villa has already won eleven out of the eleven races he has entered so far this year in the Spanish Championship so he very definitely consolidates his leadership of the series. Tomorrow, Sunday, with a weather forecast predicting a sunny morning for race 3 of the weekend, Javi will try to extend his unbeaten run in this year's Spanish Hillclimb Championship and get even closer to a title that he has already almost secured.

Javi Villa's own words: "Today it has been a bit strange because of the weather. At the first race there was a big break just when it was our time to start. It looked like the track was drying up but then it rained again when it was the turn for Oscar, Alarcón and I to start but, at the end, it went fine as we were first, even if by just three tenths, but we beat Alarcón, our main rival in the series, by more than eight seconds. Then the track dried a bit more and for the second race it was a bit damp at the final section but we'd run far better even if below the trees it never dried totally. Tomorrow good weather is expected so let's hope we'd can do the practice and race in the dry so as to set best times and set new standards."

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