Paul Ricard: Adrian Quaife-Hobbs event summary

QUAIFE-HOBBS IMPRESSES IN EUROSERIES F3 OPENER Adrian Quaife-Hobbs got his 2010 season off to a good start with a storming drive through the field from 11th to sixth in the opening round of the 2010 Formula 3 Euroseries at Paul Ricard this ...

QUAIFE-HOBBS IMPRESSES IN EUROSERIES F3 OPENER

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs got his 2010 season off to a good start with a storming drive through the field from 11th to sixth in the opening round of the 2010 Formula 3 Euroseries at Paul Ricard this weekend. The Tonbridge racer, along with his Motopark Academy team-mates, was penalised for an engine change between qualifying and the race, dropping him down the grid.

Despite that, the 19 year-old, making his debut in the series, drove a superb race gaining three places on the opening lap. Later in the race Valtteri Bottas was awarded a drive through penalty elevating Adrian to seventh.

Over the closing laps Adrian closed up to Jim Pla and a superb slipstreaming move on the final lap allowed him to surge ahead and into sixth place which he held to the flag.

The weekend's second race featured a reverse grid and saw Adrian line up third. A fantastic getaway allowed him to get the jump off the line, entering the first corner in second place. However his progress was short-lived as over the course of the remaining laps as he slipped to ninth at the flag.

"It was an eventful opening event particularly on a circuit that is unknown to me and the team," said Adrian. "We struggled for pace all weekend and the team worked hard to try and resolve it. And I'm sure we'll be back on pace next time out in Hockenheim.

"But to get sixth on my debut in F3 isn't bad. To be the quickest of the Motopark drivers is also a good result for me personally and I'm confident of being able to improve on sixth place next time out."

Adrian will return to racing action in the next double header rounds of the series which take place at Hockenheim in Germany in two weeks time.

-source: quaife hobbs

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Valtteri Bottas