A day of sharp contrasts for Racing Engineering at the Hungaroring, whilst Javier Villa continues to get closer to the top of the GP2 series grid, achieving his best qualifying result so far, the debut of his new teammate, Marcos Martínez was frustrated by an unfortunate set of circumstances that totally ruined the chances of the young Spaniard.
For Villa the first target at the Hungaroring was clear, to improve his result in Friday’s qualifying looking, if possible, for a place in the top ten for Saturday’s race. He was so close to achieving his target as when the number 14 Dallara in its Repsol and Telefónica colours crossed the line on his final fast lap in qualifying, Javi's time was 10th overall.
But with his time already set he had to watch as two more drivers improved his time in the dying seconds and Javi ended up 12th, still his best ever qualifying result but it looked less satisfying after being so close to finally being in the top ten. If Javi's result wassatisfying for Racing Engineering, Marcos Martínez’s day ended up as a big disappointment for both driver and team.
The young Spaniard was running at good pace in free practice, getting used to a GP2 car that he was driving for the first time while setting lap times within 107% of the fastest car, this was his target in order to be close to the whole pack despite his lack of experience with the car.
But it all went wrong when just as he started the qualifying session his engine stopped for a reason still unknown for the team, and Marcos wasn’t able to complete a flying lap. As he did not set a valid time in qualifying, the GP2 organisers took the severe decision of not allowing him to race this weekend despite his proven experience in both F3 last year and World Series this season, where he's always been among the best.
Thus Javier Villa will be the sole Racing Engineering driver for tomorrow’s race when the team is confident that he will be, once again, fighting for points and for a good starting position on Sunday’s grid. To achieve this the team is already working on the final changes on the setup in order to get a car that is a bit more stable to allow Javi to have a good pace from the race start. If these changes work and the pit stop strategy is right then Javier's chances of giving the team anothercause to celebrate are very good.
Alfonso D'Orleans (team principal): "Javi did some good work even if he found quite a lot of traffic on his best laps. When he crossed the line at the end of the session he was tenth, it's a shame two more cars went byafter and dropped him to 12th.
Marcos couldn't run in qualifying after the engine stopped and that means he won't be allowed to race tomorrow as he didn't have qualifying time within the 107%, something he had achieved in free practice. A real shame as he's a very young driver but he already has proven experience in F3 and World Series, he only needs some more track time to get used to the GP2 car."
Javier Villa (driver car 14): "Qualifying went better than the other times this season, we are closer and closer to the top positions even on a track as difficult as this one to keep up a good pace throughout the lap. Furthermore, the track is very bumpy so we are working on slightly modifying the setup to have a more stable car for the race."
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The GP2 series doesn’t rest during the Summer and after the frantic month of July, with three race meetings in four weekends, August starts with yet another race for Racing Engineering and its fellow competitors in the F1 feeder series. T
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... as the young Spaniard totally dominated today’s Sprint Race with a flag to flag victory.
Racing Engineering – GP2 Nurburgring – Race 2
The GP2 cars lined up under sunny skies with Javier sitting on pole in his Racing Engineering Dallara following his g weiter >>
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The Racing Engineering Team, both on the track and in the pits, put aside their qualification disappointments to turn in an excellent performance on race day. Today’s Feature Race started under cloudy skies with rain forecast before the end of t weiter >>
Both the weather and mechanical woes prevented the two Racing Engineering drivers from shining as expected on the first day of the Nürburgring GP2 meeting.
To begin with a sudden storm appeared over the German track just a few minutes into the free practice session, which caused the session to be weiter >>
The German track of Nurburgring will, this weekend, host the third date in the busy July schedule of the 2007 GP2 series. Germany will hold the sixth race meeting of the season, which is now entering its second and most decisive half held in conjunction weiter >>
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It was not the day that Racing Engineering was hoping for as mechanical troubles wrecked the hopes of their number one driver Javier Villa.
Following yesterday’s Feature race where Javier had shown a good turn of speed despite u weiter >>
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Following on from the rollercoaster ride of emotions that Racing Engineering had undergone at Magny Cours, today’s Feature Race at Silverstone was something of an anticlimax.
The gusts of wind and the low temperatures registered today at Silverstone for round 5 of the GP2 series made for a cold day that for Racing Engineering wasn’t warmed by the results of its two drivers.
Neither man could get as high on the timesheets as the team was hoping for during today’s qualifying session that decided tomorrow’s starting grid. In fact the 19th positi weiter >>
Racing Engineering – GP2
With almost no time to recover from the highs and lows that Racing Engineering went through at the Magny Cours GP2 series weekend, it’s already time for the team to focus again on the next important date of its 2007 campaign weiter >>
... with a stunning debut GP2 victory, driving with a wonderful combination of speed, aggression and maturity he took command of the Magny Cours circuit and repaid the faith that Alfonso D’Orleans, Racing Engineering and their backers, Repsol and Telefónica have placed in him.
Racing Engineering – GP2 Magny Cours – Race 1
A day of high drama for Racing Engineering with new driver Ernesto Viso lucky to escape from a horrific accident with relatively minor injuries and Javier Villa driving a storming race from the back of the field to finish 7th.
The race got off to a farcical start when the two iSport cars on the front of the gr weiter >>
Some positive results but there is still room for improvement, that’s the outcome for both the Racing Engineering cars in today’s qualifying session at Magny Cours.
The base setup achieved last week and which gave such good lap times at Paul Ricard, wasn’t as well suited as was expected to the recently resurfaced northern French track that is the venue for this weekend’s weiter >>
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The fourth GP2 series race weekend will take Racing Engineering to the circuit of Magny Cours, the F1 French Grand Prix venue where the sixth and seventh races of the season will take place.
The team, backed by Repsol and Telefónica , arrive at the French track with a reinforced line-up as the fast and experienced Venezuelan driver E weiter >>
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Despite both of the Racing Engineering drivers failing to finish the race there were still a number of positives to be taken from the Team’s performance. The race started under threat of rain and as the lights went off there were problems on the grid as many drivers had to weiter >>
Racing Engineering – GP2
Monaco’s roulette spun the wrong way for Racing Engineering in Friday morning’s qualifying session that decided the grid positions for the only GP2 race due this weekend in the Monegasque Principality.
While Javi Villa co weiter >>
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After the great results obtained a fortnight ago at Montmeló, Racing Engineering arrives on a high at one of the most eagerly anticipated dates of the year, the race on Monaco’s street track. The GP2 series will run on the famous streets of the Princip weiter >>
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If yesterday was an exciting and successful day for Racing Engineering the best was yet to come as everything worked perfectly for the team today as both drivers drove superbly to finish in the top five with Javier Villa performing faultlessly on his weiter >>
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In a stunning reversal of fortune Racing Engineering put aside the disappointments of Bahrain and yesterday’s qualifying as drivers Javier Villa and Sergio Jimenez both drove brilliant races to finish in the points. The race began badly when two cars weiter >>
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It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Racing Engineering team at Montmeló for round two of the GP2 Championship.
The day began promisingly with both Javier Villa and Sergio Jiménez setting competitive times in the morning’s free practice sess weiter >>
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For Racing Engineering the second meeting of the 2007 GP2 series, to be held this weekend at Montmeló , is a special one as the races at the Catalonian track will be the first of the two events scheduled this season in Spain so motivation will be at a high for the tea weiter >>
It was a much happier day today for Racing Engineering following on from the engine- related disappointments of Race 1 yesterday.
The Racing Engineering team worked all night on both cars in order to have them ready for today’s race and both cars lined up on the grid looking as good as new. The start weiter >>
Through no fault of their own it was a very disappointing day for the Racing Engineering team in the opening round of the 2007 GP2 series at Bahrain. Hopes were high at the start of the day that, following a lot of hard work from the team following the problems encountered by both drivers in yesterday’s q weiter >>
Times were very close as the 26 GP2 cars battled it out for their grid positions at the Sakhir track in Bahrain.
For Racing Engineering it was a day that went from promising to problematical as mechanical problems in qualifying sent pushed the drivers towards the back of the grid despite the pote weiter >>
Racing Engineering is facing the first round of the 2007 GP2 series at Bahrain this weekend. The Sakhir track, near Manama, the capital of the tiny and prosperous Arabian country will be the first of the eleven rounds scheduled this year, and the only one taking place outside Europe.
Racing Engineering are going to Bahrain looking forward to the start of a new season, an weiter >>
Racing Engineering officially presented their team for the 2007 GP2 series in a stunning show held on Tuesday 27th March at Oviedo in Spain.
The scene of the presentation were the halls of the Reconquista Hotel in the Asturian capital and it all started with a press conference in which Racing Engineering team Principal, Alfonso de Orleans Borbón, the 2007 team drivers, Ja weiter >>
After six years in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship and having won the team championship in all its years of participation, Racing Engineering has taken the decision to aim for new goals in motor sport and retire from Spanish Formula 3.
This is the logical consequence of events. Racing weiter >>
With reference to the decision taken by the Stewards of the race during the Jerez round of the 2006 Spanish Formula 3 Championship and GTSport Organización’s, the championship organizer’s, press release dated 23rd of October, 2006, Racing Engineering and Sergio Jimenez would like to communicate the following:
Following the appeal made by Racing Engineering against the ex weiter >>
Following the two test days held on the 16th and 17th of November at the Jerez circuit, in which eight drivers participated, Racing Engineering is happy to announce that it has chosen four promising young drivers for its 2007 Spanish F3 lineup:
Franck Mailleux (FRA),
Bruno Mendez (ESP),
Siso Cunill (ESP) and
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On the 16th and 17th of November, Racing Engineering will hold a two day test at the Jerez circuit.
Eight drivers were chosen to participate: Siso Cunill (ESP), Chris Holmes (UK), Franck Mailleux (FRA), Bruno Mendez (ESP), Nil Montserrat (ESP), Arturo Llobell (ESP), Stefanos Kamitsakis (GRE) and Juan Manuel Polar (PE).
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Miguel Molina had not made it to the top position of the podium so far, but he finally got his first win in the last race of the season.
All four Racing Engineering drivers celebrated victories during the 2006 Spanish Formula 3 Championship and the team obtained the Team Championship title for the sixth consecutive time. After celebrating an amazing day of weiter >>
At the final round of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship, held this weekend at the Circuito de Catalunya, Racing Engineering has obtained a result no one even dared to dream of. Nicolas Prost has rounded up the season with his first win.
The Racing Engineering driver already left it clear during the qualifying that he is was driver to have an eye on this weekend, when he weiter >>
The next round of GP2 Winter testing will be held on the 6th and 7th of November at Jerez. Racing Engineering’s cars will be driven by Sergio Jimenez (BRA), Luiz Razia (BRA) and Javier Villa (ESP).
Racing Engineering, the Andalusian team which has its base not far from the race track, is looking forward to testing these three young drivers. Sergio Jimenez, who is current weiter >>
Racing Engineering finished its pre-selection process for the two day test to be held on the 16th and 17th of November at the Andalusian circuit of Jerez.
Out of the 114 applications, Racing Engineering has chosen eight drivers plus one reserve driver to participate in the demanding test.
The drivers will not only have to adapt to the team quickly and deliver a weiter >>
F3 Spain - Racing Engineering
Nicolas Prost scored points again in Sunday's race at the Jerez circuit where Racing Engineering faced one of the most difficult weekends of the season. Miguel Molina and Marcos Martinez became victims of the mistakes of another driver, while Sergio Jimenez suffered from the stewards decisions. Nicolas Prost, 4th on the grid, didn't st weiter >>
Racing Engineering 2007
What was started as an ambitious project two years ago will find its continuation in the upcoming season – Racing Engineering and its partners continue their search for young and promising drivers, supporting them in their rise through the motor racing ranks.
Racing Engineering, the Andalusian team participating in the Spanish Form weiter >>
The 2006 GP2 season ended with a bang, or to be more accurate two of them, for Racing Engineering today when Adam Carroll and Javier Villa were both punted out of race two at Monza, bringing to a close a frustrating weekend where the team was unable to show the speed they knew they had or improve their position in the final standings of the championship.
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Race one will be remembered by the Racing Engineering team as the most emotionally stressful race of the season: everything that could go wrong did, with Adam Carroll luridly spinning out of the race at the dramatic Ascari complex while teammate Javier Villa created order out of the ch weiter >>
Racing Engineering's race weekend at Monza has started comfortably for Adam Carroll, who claimed fourth on the grid for tomorrow's race one in a steaming hot qualifying session at the famous circuit, but there was heartbreak for teammate Javier Villa when a problem with his brakes put weiter >>
Adam Carroll gave his Racing Engineering team something to cheer about today by bringing home another podium finish in the sprint race at the Istanbul Park circuit after challenging eventual race winner Andreas Zuber all race long for the win, while teammate Javier Villa set weiter >>
The already scorching Istanbul Park circuit had a surprise for Racing Engineering and their competitors in race one today when somebody found the temperature control and decided to see how far up it could go. And just when it seemed things couldn't get any hotter, the pitwal weiter >>
It was a day of conflicting emotions in the Racing Engineering garage today: despite strong performances by both Adam Carroll and Javier Villa in free practice and qualifying the team was nonetheless a little downbeat due to events that were out of their contr weiter >>
A torrential downpour in race two at the Hungaroring was the difference between success and failure today for Racing Engineering, with Adam Carroll losing an almost certain win because of standing water on the track and Javier Villa also losing his car in the treacherous conditio weiter >>
Race one at the Hungaroring went up in a cloud of tyre smoke for Racing Engineering drivers Adam Carroll and Javier Villa today, as accidents put paid to both men's best efforts to bring home more points for the team after a strong performance in qualifying yesterday promised to provide some weiter >>
With the threatened rain holding off until just after qualifying today at the Hungaroring, the Racing Engineering team had just one target: get as far up the grid as possible while the track was dry.
A spin by championship leader Lewis Hamilton on the first lap didn't help matters much, but when it counted Adam Carroll pulled out one of his now usual sharp laps to finish weiter >>
It wasn’t the end to the weekend that Racing Engineering was looking for with Adam Carroll finishing 8th and Javi Villa 13th.
A water leak ruined the British drivers chance of success after starting from 3rd on the grid. The Mecachrome engine, which was replaced on Friday after a failure to the previous one, reached 120 degrees before the start of the race and automatica weiter >>
Racing Engineering’s Adam Carroll starts tomorrow’s GP2 Sprint race from 3rd on the grid after finishing today’s feature event in 6th.
Meanwhile it was a good day for Javi Villa as he showed his future potential finishing 11th after starting from 22nd. A blistering start by both Racing Engineering drivers saw Great Britain’s Adam Carroll move from 12th to 7th by the end weiter >>
It was a race against time for the Racing Engineering team and Adam Carroll to even make it to qualifying in Hockenheim today.
Just over an hour from the start of the session, the team were forced to change an engine – a request which was made to manufacturer Mecachrome after free practice this morning when a misfire was reported. But the target was reached and both cars weiter >>
With Adam being knocked out of a podium finish yesterday there was little expectation at Racing Engineering of a points paying finish in race two at Magny Cours, and so it proved - with no ability to improve their positions through strategy Adam Carroll and Javier Villa were unable to move up weiter >>
Adam Carroll lost what looked to be another certain podium on the first lap of race one at Magny Cours when championship leader Lewis Hamilton clattered into his rear at the Adelaide hairpin, necessitating a long stop for a new rear wing and dropping the Ulsterman from third to the back of the field. weiter >>