QUAIFE-HOBBS ENDS 2007 WITH FIFTH Adrian Quaife-Hobbs brought his 2007 Formula BMW season to a close with fifth place in the penultimate round at Knockhill near Dunfermline yesterday. The 16 year-old was less fortunate in the day's ...
QUAIFE-HOBBS ENDS 2007 WITH FIFTH
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs brought his 2007 Formula BMW season to a close with fifth place in the penultimate round at Knockhill near Dunfermline yesterday. The 16 year-old was less fortunate in the day's second race, the teenager struggling after running off the track and finally finished 13th.
For the Tonbridge teenager, on his first run in FBMW at the twisty Scottish track, race one proved his worth as he not only finished fifth but posted the third quickest lap overall. "There was a bit of confusion at the start, as the lights weren't working properly and some of us couldn't see the flag. So I dropped a few places at the start and were probably three seconds or so behind the leading seven or so who'd got away ok.
"Then I was behind Anthony Comas and I tried a move on him at the hairpin and he came across me just at the apex and I had to back out and then lost a place as a result across the startline. The safety car came out mid-way through, which bunched everyone up, and at the restart I made a few moves and got up to fifth. I was closing on Josef Kral, Jordan Williams and Jonathan Legris but when the race ended they were a few seconds ahead."
Race two saw him start eighth and a good getaway had him maintain position, challenging Sam Abay for the opening lap. But on lap two Adrian got too close and understeered off the track and into the gravel, dropping him down to dead last. A superb drive over the remaining 22 laps saw him gradually move through the order, recovering well to cross the line 13th.
"I made a good start, but sadly so did everyone else. I was challenging Abay but simply got too close to him and just understeered off the track. I had to go right through the gravel to eventually get back on track and rejoined right down the order. I was pleased with my performance and the way I drove, but nobody went off or retired so I had to overtake everyone. I'm reasonably happy with my performance though."
Adrian will resume his racing activities this weekend when he competes at Donington Park making his Eurocup Formula Renault debut with BVM Minardi.
-credit: mpr associates