adrian quaife-hobbs

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs continues to set competitive times in the latest test ahead of the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and NEC Championships, the 18 year-old posting the second quickest time in Spa this week. With the schedule now confirmed for both championships, the early part of the year will see him on track nine consecutive weeks for racing or testing, which kicked off with two days Eurocup testing in Barcelona at the beginning of March.

The following week, the Tonbridge teenager continued his Eurocup running with two days at Le Mans and last week visited Spa-Francorchamps on Monday and the Nürburgring on Wednesday/ Thursday with the rest of the North European Cup runners. In each test Adrian, now running with reigning champions Motopark Academy, has been consistently amongst the front-runners.

“We’ve had a very successful series of tests so far, and have been consistently amongst the quickest out there,” said Adrian. “In Spa last week, I was quickest of the NEC runners by three tenths of a second and when we went to Germany, I was second just a tenth off the fastest time.

“We’re improving things all the time and that is reflected in the results. At Spa this week, the first day started off dry and so we planned to use our new tyres in the afternoon session. I wound up second quickest, although the fastest lap of the morning was on new tyres. Sadly it rained for the afternoon session so I didn’t get a chance to try on new rubber, but I’m confident I could have easily improved my time, as it was I was just two hundredths off the quickest time and that was posted on my last lap.

“The team is highly experienced being reigning champions in both championships which certainly bodes well for this year. I’ve established a good relationship with everyone in the team and I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway.

“The competition will be fierce again this season, and the testing has shown it’s pretty much all the same drivers vying for the top spot. But, with the technical knowledge of Motopark and the team’s experience in both Eurocup and North European Cup, I’m confident of immediately being up at the front and bidding for race wins and the title.”

Adrian resumes testing next week at Hockenheim on Monday prior to his first race of the year, the opening rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup which takes place at Zandvoort on April 13. The Eurocup opening rounds get underway a week later in Barcelona.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship 2009 calendar: Barcelona (SPA) April 18/19, Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) May 2/3, Hungaroring (HUN) June 13/14, Silverstone (UK) July 4/5, Le Mans (FRA) July 18/19, Nürburgring (GER) September 19/20, Motorland (SPA) October 24/25.

North European Cup 2009 calendar: Zandvoort (NL) April 12/13, Hockenheim (GER) April /25/26, Hungaroring (HUN) June 13/14, Oschersleben (GER) June 20/21, Assen (NL) August 8/9, Most (CZH) August 29/30, Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) October 3/4.