AutoGP World Series Champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has confirmed his plans to contest the 2013 GP2 Series with Dutch team MP Motorsport.
The BRDC Fairfield Trophy winner joined Team Principal Sander Dorsman, key team personnel, and teammate Daniel de Jong at the official launch at the team’s base in Westmaas, south Holland, where the team also houses its Formula Renault 2.0 and AutoGP outfits.
Twenty-two year-old Quaife-Hobbs will get his first taste of the team’s 600bhp 4-litre V8 Mecachrome-engined Dallara in a three-day test at Jerez, Spain, which starts next Tuesday 26 February.
“We had a very good finish to 2012, with two strong performances in GP2 testing, so I cannot see why we can’t build on those results as we head into the first of two pre-season tests in Spain. Looking ahead to the season, naturally I have to aim to win, as all drivers do, although I appreciate it’s going to be a tough challenge. The competition is always strong in GP2 and I’m sure this year will be no exception.”
Quaife-Hobbs is one of Britain’s brightest motor racing prospects, dominating the renamed AutoGP World Series last year to become the only driver in the series history to take five race wins in one season, three consecutive pole positions and three successive race wins. The Tonbridge racer notched up ten podiums and six pole positions and clinched the title with two races still remaining. Alongside the drivers’ championship, he was also crowned Under-21 champion and helped steer Super Nova to the teams’ title.
The MP Motorsport team was launched in 1995 and entered the European and Benelux Formula Ford Championships where it had many successes. In 2003, the squad progressed to Formula Renault 2.0 and since then has been a major player on the European Formula Renault 2.0 scene. Alongside Eurocup and NEC Formula Renault 2.0, MP Motorsport entered the AutoGP Championship in 2012 and finished second in only its first season.
GP2 begins its ninth season with a calendar spread over 11 rounds, alongside Formula One, starting in Malaysia on Sunday 24 March and finishing in Abu Dhabi in November. Since 2005 the GP2 Series has firmly established itself as one of the premier one-make racing championships in the world, with almost half the 2010 F1 grid formed from former GP2 racers.
In 2013 Quaife-Hobbs will also visit some of the top European circuits including a one-off appearance at his home track of Silverstone for the British Formula One Grand Prix over the weekend of 28-30 June. The full 2013 GP2 Series calendar is: 22-24 March, Sepang, Malaysia; 19-21 April, Sakhir, Bahrain; 10-12 May, Barcelona, Spain; 24-26 May, Monte Carlo, Monaco; 28-30 June, Silverstone, Great-Britain; 05-07 July, Germany, TBC; 26-28 July, Budapest, Hungary; 23-25 August, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium; 06-08 September, Monza, Italy; 20-22 September, Singapore, Singapore; 01-03 November, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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