QUAIFE-HOBBS SHINES IN WORLD SERIES RENAULT TEST
Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC front-runner Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has successfully completed his first World Series by Renault test, the 18 year-old completing around 75 laps of the Motorland Aragon circuit. Last weekend the BRDC Rising Star brought his 2009 race season to a close in Spain, but stayed on to test a Comtec Racing Car in the first official WSR tests.
Adrian joined many of his Formula Renault rivals as well as several drivers who have previously contested the series, with Adrian only venturing out on track on the second of the two days. In Wednesday's opening session of two, the Tonbridge teenager adapted quickly to the increased horsepower of the 3.5 litre car and he wound up a very impressive sixth quickest on his first ever time in the car.
The second session allowed Adrian to improve his lap times considerably and close down the gap to the quickest time, the former double T-Cars champion ending up fourth fastest, a little over three tenths off. In the session, he was beaten only by two drivers from the 2009 WSR championship and another driver, in his second full day in the car.
"It was a fantastic experience driving a World Series by Renault car and I'm very happy with how quickly I adapted," said Adrian. "Comtec Racing was an excellent team and I think we worked together very well.
"To end the session fourth quickest, behind two drivers who have competed in the championship this season and another who had the benefit of another day under his belt, I feel is a good result. With more time in the car, I'm sure I could have gone even quicker.
"Now we have to consider our options for 2010. We tested British F3 last week with T-Sport and now this week in WSR and both the championships, teams and cars have their advantages. There are however lots of things to take into consideration before we decide, but hopefully it's a decision we can make quite quickly."