QUAIFE-HOBBS OPENS POINTS ACCOUNT IN SPAIN Adrian Quaife-Hobbs opened his points scoring account with fifth place in the latest rounds of the GP3 Series at Valencia this weekend. Arriving at the street circuit on Friday, Adrian spent much of...
QUAIFE-HOBBS OPENS POINTS ACCOUNT IN SPAIN
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs opened his points scoring account with fifth place in the latest rounds of the GP3 Series at Valencia this weekend. Arriving at the street circuit on Friday, Adrian spent much of the afternoon session acclimatising to the new circuit prior to the all-important qualifying on Saturday.
During the course of the test, the 19 year-old settled in well but in the closing minutes the yellow flag was thrown forcing Adrian to back off. Qualifying took place early on Saturday, with the track conditions quite different from Friday afternoon.
After making changes to the car to accommodate those, the Tonbridge youngster ventured out on track fired up and confident of a top five grid position. However as Adrian went out for his flying lap, after being 1.2 seconds up on his previous lap, the red flag was thrown ending the session and dropping Adrian to 27th.
Race one kicked off on Saturday afternoon and Adrian made a superb getaway as he began his charge through the field. At the flag he crossed the line 12th to give him that position for the start of race two on Sunday morning.
Another superb start allowed Adrian to move up the order on the opening lap and take advantage of a first lap incident. For much of the race he was chasing the battle for fifth place between Stefano Coletti and Tobias Hegelweld while keeping first race winner Esteban Gutierrez very firmly behind him.
On the penultimate lap, Adrian was right on the tail of the battling pair ahead and when the two made contact, he wasted no time in squeezing through on the inside to take the position which he held to the flag.
"I'm pleased to have got my points scoring account open however I can't be happy with fifth as I'd been expecting to be starting from at least that position for the first race," said Adrian. "Unfortunately the red flag came out just as I was about to do my flying lap and having been over a second quicker than my previous lap I'm sure a top five place was on the cards.
"The car was great, all weekend, we had really good pace so it's a little frustrating to come away with just fifth place. I didn't want to push too hard in the first race as I felt it was better to finish 12th to give myself a chance in the second and it's great to have been able to keep the series leader and first race winner behind me and actually pull away from him.
"Now we head to Silverstone and I'm feeling very confident ahead of that race. Our car is not so suited to street circuits it's far better on fast flowing tracks and that also suits my driving style. It should be a good combination."
Adrian will make his one and only home appearance as a support to the British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit in two weeks time over the weekend of 10/11 July.