ANOTHER PODIUM FOR ADRIAN QUAIFE-HOBBS IN OSCHERSLEBEN Adrian Quaife-Hobbs continued his podium-finishing record with third place in the weekend's opening Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup race at the Oschersleben. The result marks Adrian...
ANOTHER PODIUM FOR ADRIAN QUAIFE-HOBBS IN OSCHERSLEBEN
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs continued his podium-finishing record with third place in the weekend's opening Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup race at the Oschersleben. The result marks Adrian fourth successive podium finish in Formula Renault and consolidates his place in the championship.
After limited testing at the German circuit earlier in the year, Adrian took the track for the first of the pre-event sessions on Friday at a disadvantage over his rivals. Despite that the 18 year-old wound up third quickest just three tenths off the quickest time and with a comfortable margin over fourth place.
In qualifying, Adrian led the session initially before being pipped to the pole spot, dropping to third behind his Motopark Academy team-mates Antonio Felix Da Costa and Kevin Magnussen.
In race one the BRDC Rising Star made a good start to maintain third place into the first corner and gradually eased away from fourth place. However, with four laps remaining the threatened rain fell, the tricky conditions allowing Adrian to close the previous 1.5 second gap to Magnussen down to nothing.
After a determined attempt at passing Magnussen proved unsuccessful, Adrian was preparing another try when race officials threw the red flag, signalling the end of the race.
Sunday's race proved to be a typical NEC second race when the top eight reverse grid system came into play and proved a critical deciding factor in the outcome of the results. Lining up sixth for the race, Adrian made a great start off the line passing several less experienced drivers ahead.
However the former T-Cars Champion was forced to take avoiding action when a car alongside him spun and came across in front of him, forcing Adrian to brake heavily to avoid a collision This allowed several cars through and dropped Adrian back to 14th.
A determined performance by Adrian to move up through the field was ended when he was the victim of a collision later in the race, losing his front wing in the process. Despite that, Adrian excelled in the tricky conditions, and got up to the tenth at the flag.
"We missed out so much on the testing that on Friday it was pretty much like driving a new track," said Adrian. "Race one was pretty boring until the last few laps when we were all on slicks and it rained. "I had a good look at passing Kevin but before I was able to get him, they red-flagged the race otherwise I'm sure I could have passed him."
"The second race was a typical NEC second race where the reverse grid meant there were several less experienced drivers in front. There was some serious defensive driving going on which had me off the track several time but I'm happy that despite the loss of downforce I was able to get back up into tenth place."
Adrian will return to racing action in two weeks time when he makes his only UK appearance at the World Series by Renault meeting at Silverstone over the weekend of 4/5 July. The event, free to the public, will feature the next rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship.