Adrian Quaife-HobbsRound two of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs’ GP3 season brought a step forward in terms of pace but a mechanical issue in qualifying hindered Adrian’s grid position. With competition so close it was difficult to overtake and a start problem in race two meant results were not as positive as indicated by the fast lap-times.

In testing, lap times were good and improving. A few laps into the second of two free-practice sessions, a driver pulled out of the pit-lane and hit Adrian, ending his session and leaving the team to work through the night to fix the damaged car.

The repairs included a gearbox change, and when Adrian went out for the qualifying session on Saturday morning, a minor gear change issue was costing time. It may have only been a small hindrance, but the estimated two-tenths of a second would have made a significant difference on a grid where the top twenty four positions were separated by just one second. Further difficulties were contending with numerous yellow flags and being unable to get a clear lap due to traffic. At the end of the thirty minute session, Adrian had secured 12th place on the 30 car grid.

Race one on Saturday afternoon was hard fought with overtaking extremely difficult. Despite lapping in the same time as the leading pack, Adrian was only able to overtake one car, nonetheless able to gain one valuable place on the grid for Sunday’s race two. Again circumstances were against Adrian when a clutch problem led to him stalling at the race start. Joining the back of the pack, Adrian again was one of the fastest on the track in terms of pace, but overtaking proved difficult and he crossed the line in 23rd.

“Although the weekend doesn’t look great from the results, we have improved a lot in terms of pace since Istanbul, so while results would have been good, I’m optimistic that I’ll soon be scoring points. The testing accident started things off badly and without the gear change problem I’m sure I would have been in the top six. Knowing that I can consistently lap in the same times as the front-runners is a big boost and I’m looking forward to showing what I can do at Valencia in June.”

Adrian’s next race event also takes place in Spain, on the Valencia street circuit over 24-26 June.