QUAIFE-HOBBS TOPS THE TIMES IN WSR TESTS
British racer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs proved the man to beat in recent Formula Renault 3.5 testing in Spain, the Tonbridge teenager topping the times sheets in both Barcelona and Motorland Aragon. The 19 year-old adapted quickly to the powerful 3.5 litre cars after a successful season in GP3 this year and was consistently running in the top three in almost every session.
Adrian commenced his test programme with Comtec with two days in Barcelona last week. After setting a cracking pace on the first day, the teenager was running in the top two for much of the session on day two before dropping to third when a rain shower spoilt his run on new tyres.
Adrian then headed out to Motorland Aragon and continued the impressive performance with the fastest lap in both sessions on Monday, by nearly four tenths of a second. This set him up well for a repeat in Tuesday's test and he was already running fifth on old tyres before he suffered a brake issue.
The Comtec team did a great job in repairing the problem and Adrian was able to resume testing however a gearbox problem cut short his session. Despite that Adrian was still fifth fastest at the end, with nobody else able to beat his time from day one.
Due to the problem on Tuesday afternoon Adrian was allowed to continue the test into today's (Wednesday's) final test and once again Adrian proved the man to beat, posting the fastest time of the three days and just shy of the outright World Series by Renault lap time.
"It was a fantastic test programme and I'm very happy with my performance and that of the Comtec team," said Adrian. "We were consistently within the top three, apart from the few minor problems which put me fifth, but even then that was set on old tyres when everyone else was on new.
"The Comtec team was great, we all worked really well together and they gave me a competitive car throughout the four and a half days so thanks to them. We also managed to improve the car quite a bit over the course of the tests and it's great to have been fastest again this morning."
Adrian now returns home but will head out to Abu Dhabi in late November to test for Scuderia Coloni in a GP2 car as he considers his plans for 2011.