First race of the 2016 season for Javi Villa.

Javi Villa begins this weekend his bid for a fourth consecutive title in the Spanish Hillclimb Championship at Estepona (Malaga, south of Spain).. The Asturian-born driver is racing again at the wheel of the BRC B49 from Bango Racing Cars, the car he drove to the Championship win in Category 2 of the national series for the last three seasons.

For this year the technical regulations of the Spanish Championship has some important changes, which in the case of the Group CM cars, like Villa's BRC, means they will be entered in Category 1 or 2 depending the capacity of their engine and the dimensions of its bodywork and aerodynamic devices. After a thorough study of the possibilities offered by the different configurations, and given that the CM for Category 1 will have to carry more weight than the initially planned when the new rules started to be evaluated, Javi and his team have decided to stay in Category 2 as they reckon that the BRC B49, with the 1000cc engine but without the air restrict or, will be more competitive than the version for Category 1, with a 1500cc engine but a ballast of 75 kg as mandated by the new national regulations, which will put them on the back foot also against the Category 1 cars that follow the FIA rules, like the E2-SC sports cars, with far more power and even less weight.

With the superior performance that will mean the removal of the admission restrict or for Category 2 cars, Villa estimates that it would be possible to improve by around a couple of seconds the times set during the previous seasons, so his target for this year will be to win the title again and to beat his records at the different climbs of the Spanish Championship. Additionally, Villa and his team are planning to also enter the North Hillclimb open, a series in which Javi will drive a different car, with a bigger capacity engine, new aerodynamics, suspension geometry and tyres, it will be a new BRC that he will develop in the rounds of the Open to set it up for following seasons.

The first event of 2016 for Villa in the national championship will be this weekend at the Peñas Blancas - Estepona hillclimb, the round with the longest course of the season. It's a fast and technical road, 8 kilometers long, that Javi faces with a special motivation as it's one of the very few still lacking on his record. At his only previous race there, last year, an engine failure in Sunday's last climb left him third after being first overall on Saturday. which is the result that he's trying to achieve this weekend at his second attendance in the hillclimb of the Malaga region.

friday 11th march:
15:30 a 19:30 Scrutineering
Saturday 12th March:
13:30 Practice 1
15:30 Practice 2
17:00 Race 1
Sunday 13th March:
09:30 Practice 3
11:00 Race 2
12:30 Race 3

More information at the hillclimb official website: www.subidaestepona.com

Live timing at: motorcanario.com