FIRST EUROCUP POINTS AND TOP BRIT FOR QUAIFE-HOBBS Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took his first points of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship with ninth place at Silverstone on Sunday. The 17 year-old, who recently passed his driving test, was...
FIRST EUROCUP POINTS AND TOP BRIT FOR QUAIFE-HOBBS
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took his first points of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship with ninth place at Silverstone on Sunday. The 17 year-old, who recently passed his driving test, was also comfortably the best of the BVM Minardi Team and top Briton at the second round of the series.
The Tonbridge teenager, in only his first season in the series, has regularly outpaced far more experienced opposition and this weekend was no exception. Right from the start of the event, which attracted around 150,000 spectators as support to the World Series by Renault championship, Adrian was on superb form.
In Thursday's free practice, the BRDC Rising Star rapidly improved over the course of the three sessions, his first around the full Grand Prix circuit, winding up second quickest in his group in the final test of the day. On Friday the 48-car grid was split into groups for two final sessions prior to the Superpole session into which the quickest 12 from each group would qualify.
Adrian once again comfortably qualified for Saturday's Superpole shootout, eighth in his group, and in that, the former double T-Cars Champion posted the 15th and ninth quickest time to determine those grid starts for the two races. "Qualifying was a little bit difficult as we'd changed the set-up just before I went out and it meant I had to adapt my driving style. The first session wasn't brilliant but in the second I improved by seven-tenths of a second and I think I should have been in the top five."
The weekend's opening Eurocup race took place on Saturday afternoon and a superb getaway enabled Adrian to hold position as the lights turned green. He lost a place on the opening lap however after trying a move around the outside at Stowe Corner.
The move pushed him wide onto the loose part of the track and he lost two places. But over the course of the next five laps he gradually reeled in and passed five cars, until he'd closed down a four second gap to Tobias Hegewald with three laps remaining.
However, the youngster just couldn't find a way past and had to follow home in 11th, just outside the points.
In the second race Adrian started ninth and another good start enabled him to move up to eighth although he lost the place before the end of the first lap. Against the cream of European opposition, Adrian once again drove superbly and with the lead two pulling away was very quickly in a seven-car battle for the final podium spot. With all bar one of the drivers ahead in their second or third season in Formula Renault, Adrian was impressive in his performance, finishing the race as top Briton and once again ahead of his more experienced team-mates.
"The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship really does have the best of the best in terms of talent at this level. So to get a point-scoring finish in only my second round is a great result."