Javier VillaJavi Villa lapped Zolder for the first time this morning in the 30 minutes of free practice for the second WTCC meeting of the season.

The Proteam driver completed a total of fifteen laps which allowed him to start getting to grips with such a technical track and also to continue with the development work on his BMW 320 TC after not having driven it since the first event of the season held in Brazil.

Villa’s laptimes in this session, despite not being especially meaningful, given that it was just his first outing on the track, has already shown the potential of the Spaniard, as he was just over half a second shy of the fastest among the contenders in the Independents Trophy of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Tomorrow the Spaniard will have two more free practice sessions, of thirty minutes each, before the qualifying due at 2PM.

Javier Villa: “The most important thing I had to do for the half an hour of free practice was to learn Zolder and to continue with the car development. I’d therefore ran quite a lot, a total of fifteen laps, taking the maximum track time available. Laptimes started to be good pretty soon and although we still have a big improvement margin in hand the first sensations have been positive. Tomorrow, in qualifying, the target will be to try to proceed to Q2 which means being among the top ten.”