HOME PODIUM FOR QUAIFE-HOBBS AT SILVERSTONE Adrian Quaife-Hobbs marked his only home appearance of the year with a superb podium finish at Silverstone's Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship double-header this weekend. The 18 year-old made a...
HOME PODIUM FOR QUAIFE-HOBBS AT SILVERSTONE
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs marked his only home appearance of the year with a superb podium finish at Silverstone's Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship double-header this weekend. The 18 year-old made a great start from fourth on the grid to hold station and moved into third at the mid-way point to take his fifth successive podium outing.
The weekend got underway with free practice on Friday in which the Tonbridge teenager shone, setting the second quickest time in both sessions. In Saturday's qualifying, Adrian was fourth quickest to easily qualify for the Superpole shoot out and in that posted the fifth and fourth fastest times on his two flying laps.
Race one proved a disaster for the youngster however, after getting pushed off the track by a couple of over ambitious moves by his rivals. Despite that Adrian recovered to finish ninth and gain more valuable championship points.
It was race two that proved to be the highlight of his weekend. At the lights Adrian made a great start and although he was temporarily slowed by a car in front, he was able to hold position. Despite a broken floor on his Motopark Academy car damaged on the Silverstone kerbing, Adrian was able to keep the place and later capitalised on the retirement of Albert Costa to move into third.
As the race neared the end, Adrian closed down the gap to Adam Kout in second, the subsequent delay allowing fourth placed Arthur Pic to close up. However, the BRDC Rising Star never put a wheel wrong and maintained a level head to keep the place and close down the gap to the championship leaders.
"It's a great way to end my home meeting," said Adrian. "Everything went well in free practice and qualifying but in the opening race there were a couple of very optimistic moves on me which dropped me down the order. However I was still able to collect some points but I was determined to finish the weekend on a high.
"Race two was good; I got a great start but lost quite a bit of speed due to the broken wooden floor which was damaged on the kerbs. I managed to close down the gap to Kout and did consider making a real attempt to pass him but it's quite hard to overtake here and I wasn't prepared to risk a podium finish. I was able to maintain the gap to Kout while keeping ahead of Pic and it sets me up well for the next rounds of the championship."
Adrian will be back in action in two weeks time at Le Mans in France for the next rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship.
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